Pensioner punched in face by snowball thugs

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A Northampton pensioner was punched in the face and beaten as he tried to pick himself up from the floor after yobs pelted his elderly wife with snowballs.

The shocking attack happened last week in Greenhills Close, Whitehills. The victim, 74-year-old Brian Cox, told the Chronicle & Echo how a gang of yobs began throwing snowballs at his house two days before he was attacked.

Mr Cox, a former Northampton Borough Council lorry driver and caretaker at Greenfields School, went out to confront one of the gang.

However, two days later more teenagers returned and again began throwing snowballs at Mr Cox’s window.

He said: “About 10 of them came round and they were banging snowballs against the window. My wife went out to see what was happening and they threw snowballs at her.

“She is nearly 70 and she has had a heart attack before.

“I went out and said: ‘You must feel really big and strong for doing that.’”

Mr Cox said he followed the teenage gang as they walked towards an alleyway, leading to shops in Acre Lane, where he managed to catch up with one of them.

Before he knew it, however, the thug had attacked him, sending him falling to the ground.

Mr Cox said he did not know if he was initially punched or headbutted, but as he tried to pull himself up from the floor he was punched in the face again and a third time to the mouth.

He said: “I’m 75 years old this year, I’m not 21 anymore.

“I don’t know if he has broken my cheek bone or anything yet.

“It is still swollen and I had lots of blood in my mouth afterwards. I haven’t been able to eat properly since.”

The pensioner added: “Since the streetlights have been switched off it is pitch black outside our house and we have been left to fend for ourselves. It is absolutely scandalous.”

Witnesses to the incident on January 17, at around 8.40pm, can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Defiant pensioner Brian Cox says he “can’t believe” he was attack by teenage yobs, but said he still refused to be intimidated.

The 74-year-old, who was attacked outside his house by a teenager, said: “I was born in Northampton town centre and I have lived here all my life and I have never come across anything like this before.

“I’ve worked hard all of my life for this, but I am not going to sit here and be intimidated.”

He said he was concerned the streetlights switch-off last year had had an impact on the safety of his neighbourhood.

Meanwhile, a police spokesman confirmed officers attended the scene at 8.45pm on Thursday.

Two teenagers were later arrested after the attack on Mr Cox. The pair have been released while investigations continue.