An RAF veteran who was brutally attacked on a Peterborough footpath has appealed for the good Samaritan who he believes saved his life to come forward so he can buy him a beer to say thanks.
Richard Sandon (52) from Woodston, was left with a shattered right arm, three broken ribs and a number of bruises following the attack on the path by the River Nene near Asda on Friday, February 13 at about 7.15pm.
His attacker had tripped over Richard’s dog lead, and then launched the brutal attack, punching the father of three in the head so hard it knocked him off his mobility scooter, stealing cash and tobacco from him, before returning and kicking him in the head a number of times, knocking him unconscious.
The man also kicked Blue, Richard’s Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, although the rescue dog, which is deaf, is now recovering and did not suffer any serious injuries.
Speaking from the Peterborough City Hospital ward where he is still recovering, Richard said: “My arm needed two titanium plates and eight screws to put it back together.
“I needed a CT scan, and my head was left very swollen.
“When the attack happened I was knocked out. It felt like I had been out for hours, but it must have only been for a few seconds. “I know someone, a good Samaritan came to help me, sorted out police and an ambulance for me.
“I only know him as Tom, and he said he was from the Sugar Way estate.
“He is an absolute diamond. I am diabetic, and I could have gone into a diabetic coma with my injuries. “I think he saved my life. I’d like to meet him and buy him a beer to say thank you.”
Richard, who served in the RAF for 17 years, said he did not know how long he would remain in hospital for, as he would need 12 hour care when he returned home. He said: “I don’t think it is safe to go out in Peterborough any more.
“I don’t think there is enough police out.”
The attacker, who made off after the incident, was described as wearing a peaked black beanie hat with a red, yellow and green band around it.
He was also described as black, slim, about 6’2’’, in his late 20s or early 30s, and wearing a military-style green khaki three-quarter-length jacket, jeans and white, boot-type trainers.
Anyone with information should call DC Speirs on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.