Tyne & Wear

Disabled woman, 79, punched in Byker for helping child

An elderly, disabled woman was punched in the face when she stopped a child running into her mobility scooter.

Police said the 79-year-old put her hand up to stop the toddler running into the vehicle when a man, thought to be the child's father, punched her.

She suffered an eye injury and was left very shocked by the attack, Northumbria Police said.

The attack happened on Saturday morning outside Iceland in Shields Road, Byker, Newcastle.

Det Con Dave Renton said the attacker was in his 20s.

He said: "She was trying to prevent the child from being injured on a busy street."

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