Hamper gift for assault victim
KIND-HEARTED staff at a city supermarket made it a Christmas to remember for a 92-year-old great grandfather who is recovering from an assault.
The Evening Telegraph reported last week how Bob Savory was punched in the face while walking his beloved Jack Russell dog Patch along the river Nene in Peterborough.
After reading the article, staff at Tesco Metro in Broadway decided to donate a festive hamper to Mr Savory just in time for Christmas.
Dawn French, the store’s service manager, said: “We were all saddened to hear about what happened to Mr Savory and wanted to do some- thing to help him. We put together a hamper filled with fruit, biscuits, crisps, chocolates, mince pies and drinks.
“Mr Savory looked very pleased when we handed it to him and we hope it helps him on his road to recovery.”
Avril Beddows, a daughter of Mr Savory, said: “This shows there are still some kind-hearted people out there.”
“It was a lovely gesture and Bob couldn’t believe it when he heard what the staff had done from him.”
Mr Savory suffered a black eye and cut to his face during the attack on July 28 and has spent the past few months recovering at home.
Meanwhile, Mr Savory’s attacker Adam Strangward (27) has written on the Evening Telegraph’s website about the incident.
He states: “I feel huge remorse for what happened. I was trying to protect myself from his dog. The dog ran up snarling and snapping making my three young kids scream and nearly run into the river.
“I kicked out at the dog to keep it away from my children. Mr Savory started to swing his walking stick at me and I lashed out in blind panic.”
Strangward appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court last week and pleaded guilty to assault by beating. He was released on bail until January 12 for sentencing.
CARING: Bob Savory, centre, receives the hamper, with, from left, Avril Beddows, Mr Savory’s daughter, Chris Fielding, Tesco store manager, Dawn French, Tesco services manager, and Pauline Morgan, Mr Savory’s daughter.