Pensioner scared to go out alone following attack

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A vulnerable pensioner who was attacked just yards from his home has said he is scared to leave his home alone at night.

Muzaffar Chowdhury (71) suffered a broken hip in the attack on St Martins Street in Millfield on Friday, January 30.

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Mr Chowhury is still recovering from the attack in Peterborough City Hospital, but the former restaurant owner said: “I have lived in the area for a number of years. I would not say it has gone down hill, it is beyond that. It is in the gutter.

“There is drug dealing, drug taking, prostitution all the time. People just don’t have any respect any more.

“I don’t like to go out at night any more because it is not safe.”

Mr Chowdhury, who moved to the UK from Pakistan in 1964, and has lived in Peterborough for most of the time in the country, said the attacker had approached him at about 5.30pm. He said: “I had been shopping and I was walking home. I heard someone shouting, but I could not understand what he was saying.

“The next thing I knew he pushed me from behind.

“I turned round and said ‘what’s the matter with you?’

“He said something I didn’t understand, and I said I was getting my phone out to call the police. He took the phone from my hand, and pushed me down. I got up and pushed him, and said ‘leave me alone.’

“He pushed me again, and I hit my hip on the kerb. I couldn’t get up. I couldn’t bear the pain.”

The man left the scene, and Mr Chowdhury was helped to his house by three passing strangers, who called for police and ambulance.

He said: “I remember being put into the ambulance and then I passed out. The next thing I remember was waking up in hospital.”

The robber got away empty handed, and Mr Chowdhury’s phone was found in bushes near where the attack happened the following day.

He is expected to remain in hospital for a few more days before returning home, and along with the broken left hip, he suffered bruises on his arms and legs.

Mr Chowdhury, who has two grown up children, said he was hoping to move flats when he left hospital, and said he will need physiotherapy to get back to full fitness.

The attacker is described as between 21 and 40 years-old, about 5’10” tall, of Asian appearance, wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and glasses with a thick black rim.

Detective Constable Leeza Phillips said: “This was a cowardly attack on a vulnerable pensioner and I urge anyone with information to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.