Tuesday 22 August 2017

Elderly man (70) beaten in 'act of brutality' after he asked man to stop urinating against house

Greater Manchester Police have issued this picture of 70-year-old Derek Laidlaw. Photo: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire
Greater Manchester Police have issued this picture of 70-year-old Derek Laidlaw. Photo: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Police have released photographs of an elderly man in his seventies who was beaten in an attack in Manchester.

Derek Laidlaw (70) saw a man urinating against his partner’s house in Oldham at around 10.45pm on Saturday July 2.

When he asked the man to stop he was held against a wall and beaten.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) released an image of Laidlaw with severe bruising and facial swelling in an appeal for witnesses.

Police said that even after Laidlaw had collapsed on the floor, having already been punched in the face, the attacker continued his violent attack.

They reported the man who assaulted the pensioner to be white, in his 40s or 50s and of a stocky or muscular build.

Detective Constable Kelly Bragg, of GMP’s Oldham borough, has implored anyone with information to get in touch.

“This is a horrendous act of brutality that has left a man with severe injuries to his face. I’m hoping that by issuing this photograph, people will see the true extent of Derek’s injuries and want to work with us to bring his attacker to justice.”

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