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Pensioner, 79, brutally beaten as thugs try to steal her mobility scooter

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Gateshead: 79-year-old Ida Brown on being attacked by thieves

Ida Brown, 79, was battered when the yobs dragged her face against a pebble-dashed wall as part of the botched crime. As they fled, they chillingly warned stricken Ida that they would return.

Chronicle Live says Northumbria Police is now investigating the heinous crime while Ida, who has leukaemia and recently underwent a heart procedure, nurses a bruised face and a badly injured knee.

Admitting she’d like to “throttle” the thugs, the pensioner added: “They are rubbish in my mind.

“They wouldn’t dare pick on someone who would fight back. Elderly people are probably all they will pick on.”

Ida, who lives alone with her cat Henry VIII, spent around five hours in A&E following the attack at her home in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, early on Sunday.

Ida Brown

Ida Brown suffered severe injuries (Image: Chronicle Live)

What worries me is that if it happened to someone else. Elderly people are not that strong

Ida Brown

Ida, who lives alone, was awake at around 5.30am when her cat was alerted by a noise outside.

“The cat always runs to the door when someone is there, and I could see movement through the window,” Ida said.

“I shouldn’t have opened the door, but I did. When I opened it I got a hell of a shock.”

That’s when the thugs yanked Ida’s arm, before carrying out the sickening attack which left her in a crumpled heap on the ground.

“When they ran away, they were shouting ‘we will be back’,” she added.

“I got a shock, it was all over before I even realised what had happened.”

Ida said she believes they were after her £1,300 scooter, potentially to sell on for drug money.

Thankfully, the vehicle was secure and the would-be thieves were unable to steal it.

Ida Brown and her mobility scooter

The pensioner says the yobs wanted the mobility scooter (Image: Chronicle Live)

Her ordeal has left experienced police officers sickened, as they do all they can bring the culprits to justice.

“This is an abhorrent attack on a vulnerable pensioner in her own home and we are determined to find those responsible,” said Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Davison, of Northumbria Police.

“The mobility scooter would clearly belong to someone with a vulnerability and I find it appalling that anyone would try to take it away from someone in need.

“To then shove an elderly woman into a wall, and cause the level of injury that they have done, is beyond comprehension and I know the wider community will share our anger.”

As it was still pitch black outside, Ida was unable to get a good look at her attackers. She believes they were either in their late teens, or early 20s while their accents were unmistakably “Geordie”.

Ida Brown injuries

The victim has hurt her knee (Image: Chronicle Live)

And for the proud pensioner, the thought of someone stealing what belongs to her leaves her sick to her stomach.

“I worked until I was 77 at a school,” added Ida, who had worked since leaving school aged 15.

“I did that so I could get a bit of money for when I did stop, and I resent it being stolen off me when I’ve worked for that all of my life.”

And with her assailants still at large, she – and Northumbria Police – hope somebody has some information on who they are, to get them off the streets and to ensure they can’t hurt anybody else.

“What worries me is that if it happened to someone else. Elderly people are not that strong,” added Ida, who had a heart pacer added less than three months ago.

“If they hit (others) they way that I was, I think they could kill some people.”

In an emotional plea to the community, Inspector Davison has urged anybody who knows who is behind the attack to give them up.

“We have carried out extensive enquiries already but we need the help of those living in the Dunston area if we are to identify who they are,” he added.

“There will be people out there who know who is responsible and we would urge you to look at these pictures of Ida and ask whether you are happy for those responsible to evade justice.”

Anyone with information that may help police identify those responsible is asked to contact 101 quoting log 504 28/02/21.

You can also report online at the Northumbria Police website or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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