AN 80-YEAR-OLD war hero was presented with a Christmas hamper by Northwich police as a “goodwill” gesture after spending almost two weeks in hospital following an unprovoked attack.
Police wanted to show their support for victims of crime in the festive season and chose Fred Lovell, of Dukes Way, Kingsmead to receive the donation.
Fred, who moved to Northwich seven years ago with his wife, Maureen, spent 11 nights in Leighton Hospital and required surgery after breaking his thigh bone when he was assaulted two months ago.
“He was attacked while having a Sunday morning stroll along the canal. The person just came along and pushed him over. It was horrendous,” said Maureen.
Fortunately another man witnessed the incident and immediately called for an ambulance.
Maureen said: “I was very, very shocked when the paramedics knocked on my door, I thought they’d got the wrong house. You just don’t expect these things to happen.”
Fred’s upper leg is now held together by plates and screws. “He still has trouble walking,” said Maureen. “He’s fit for 80 and has never needed my help before but now he needs looking after more.
“But we’re so grateful to the police – they’ve been excellent. As soon as Fred was out of hospital they came and visited every day to make sure he was all right.
“And it’s a very nice hamper – full of a lovely selection of goodies.”
Fred and Maureen were presented with their hamper by Det Sgt Simon Parker last week.
Insp Pete Minghella, head of Northwich’s Neighbourhood Policing Unit, said: “This man has had a rough time and in the season of good will we hope this will reaffirm his faith in public spirit.”