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Appeal over 'cowardly' attack on OAP which prompted fundraising

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Police are attempting to trace two men whose "cowardly" attack on a pensioner in Glasgow at the weekend prompted an internet fundraising appeal.

The 84-year-old, named on the Just Giving website as Willie, was attacked near the Salvation Army Hall on Golspie Street, Govan, at 17:30 on Saturday.

He was treated in hospital for facial injuries. So far, the webpage has raised £975 to help him.

The attackers, who wore dark clothing, then ran off south on Golspie Street.

'Disgusting attack'

Police said the victim was attacked after he got off the number 26 bus on Golspie Street.

He was helped afterwards by members of the public and taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

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Image caption The man was attacked near the Salvation Army hall in Govan

Det Con Gordon Reid said: "This was a disgusting and cowardly attack on an elderly man who had been out enjoying an afternoon with his friends.

"In particular I would like to speak to a man who was seen getting off the bus after the victim, which had been travelling west from Govan Road.

"He is described as white, between 35 and 40 years old, with short dark hair and glasses. He was wearing a brown jacket, dark trousers, and was carrying shopping bags."

Det Con Reid also said he would like to speak to the members of the public who went to the victim's aid as they may have information that could help with the inquiry.

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