Tyne & Wear

Charge after mugging of disabled man Alan Barnes in Gateshead

Alan Barnes
Image caption Alan Barnes will be presented with the cheque on Friday

A man has been charged with assaulting disabled pensioner Alan Barnes in Gateshead, for whom £300,000 was subsequently raised in donations.

Mr Barnes, 67, suffered a broken collarbone when he was knocked to the ground outside his home in Gateshead, on 25 January.

An online fundraising campaign set up on his behalf raised £330,135.

Richard Gatiss, 25, of Gateshead, will appear before magistrates in the town on Tuesday.

He has been charged with assault with intent to rob, police said.

Beautician Katie Cutler launched an online fundraising campaign, after being moved by Mr Barnes's plight.

The campaign quickly snowballed and attracted donations from almost 25,000 people from all over the world.

Mr Barnes lived with disabilities from birth, after his mother contracted German measles when she was pregnant.

He will be presented with a cheque at Newcastle's Assembly Rooms on 13 February.

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