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Thousands raised to help mugged pensioner get back on his feet

Alan Barnes was attacked and broke his collar bone. Katie Cutler set up an online fund to help.

Alan Barnes with fundraiser Katie Cutler.
Alan Barnes with fundraiser Katie Cutler.
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PENSIONER ALAN BARNES, who was mugged over two weeks ago, has received a cheque for over £330,000 after well wishers donated to an online fund for him.

Barnes, aged 67, was mugged outside his home in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

He also broke his collar bone after his attackers pushed him to the ground.

After hearing his story that Barnes was too afraid to go back home, Katie Cutler set up an online fund for him, initially just hoping to raise £500 to help him relocate.

Alan Barnes mugging

Donations flooded in for Barnes, who is a visually impaired pensioner.

Cutler met Barnes last week, saying it was “magical” and “like a dream to meet him”.

“She is a wonderful girl,” he said.

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Today Barnes was the guest of honour at an event at Newcastle Assembly Rooms where he was presented with substantial cheque.

ITV reports a 25-year-old man has appeared in court charged with assault with intent to rob.

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