My Great Uncle, aged 83 enjoys a beer and talking about his time in the Air Force during the war. Living in East London, he travels to Romford every Saturday as a special treat to himself. He enjoys going to a particular pub there and looking around the shops.
However last Saturday, before he even got to the pub, he was a victim of what is wrongly named 'Happy Slapping.' At about 6pm in broad-daylight he was attcked by a group of youths whose only aim was to record the attack on their mobile phones in order to show off to their friends. How is attacking an innocent old man who cannot fight back something to be proud of? They are too cowardly to pick on someone their own size.
My Great Uncle had to be hospitalised for 3 days. After the attack he was just left for dead at the side of the road unconscious. The youths could have easily killed him. Before the attack he still had his own teeth. Now he has no teeth. He has a black eye, bad brusing all over his body and can no longer walk properly.
His one enjoyment in life - the one thing he used to really look forward to - going to Romford to have a pint - has been taken away from him. He is too shaken up and scared to go there, even though he doesnt really remember what happened - he was unconscious a long time before the youths stopped beating him.
It makes me so angry that these youths are now still walking around free - and apparantely - showing off their 'great achievement' to their mates.
If I sound like an old woman, fine, but whats happening to England?