These thugs should receive the same treatment as punishment, if not WORSE! They should have their arms and legs amputated so that they are unable to repeat this again! :raging:
A Second World War veteran has been brutally attacked just hours after scattering his late wife's ashes.
Sussex Police have released a photo of George Gibb's facial injuries in the hope it will encourage anyone with information to come forward.
The 85-year-old was walking in an alleyway between Legion Way and West Bracklesham Drive in Bracklesham Bay, near Chichester, West Sussex, when he was struck on the head, causing him to fall to the ground.
His friend Mike Hayes said the attack happened as Mr Gibb was walking home from his local British Legion club.
He said the veteran, who fought in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, had scattered his late wife's ashes earlier in the day.
She had passed away about five months ago.
Mr Hayes said: "It is just despicable that someone could do this to a defenceless man.
"His sister has just died so he's also trying to sort out her funeral at the moment."
He believes Mr Gibb has since left hospital and is recuperating at a friend's house.
A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said Mr Gibb was not able to describe the person who attacked him.
A black leather briefcase he was carrying at the time and a plastic bag which contained nothing of value were also stolen.
The incident took place just after 10pm on August 12.
:: Anyone with information on the assault is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Russell Burgess of Chichester CID on 0845 60 70 999, or to call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.