Derek Laidlaw, 70, said he was attacked on 2 July in the evening, after he asked a man to stop urinating against the wall of a house his partner owned.

 Derek Laidlaw was repeatedly punched in the face and head. Photograph: Greater Manchester police/PA

Derek Laidlaw was repeatedly punched in the face and head. Photograph: Greater Manchester police/PA

Greater Manchester police have arrested a 46-year-old man on suspicion of assault in connection with the attack.

Mr Laidlaw said he was pinned against a wall and then punched repeatedly in the face and body.

Greater Manchester Police have said that the attacked continued to assault the pensioner event after he fell to the floor in Failsworth, Oldham. The attack didn’t stop until  a passerby tried to intervene and the attacker ran off.

News stories like this just show how despicable and callous some people in our society are. They lack respect and morality. I read a news story like this and I think of my own grandparents and the potential danger they could find themselves in if met with such an evil person.

As a society we really need to work harder and do better! You or I may be reasonably young now. But one day we will be that 70 year old man whom needs help.

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