Pensioner's horror injuries after being battered by thugs for her mobility scooter while she battles leukaemia

A PENSIONER battling leukaemia was left with horrific injuries after she was battered by thugs for her mobility scooter.

Ida Brown, 79, was attacked by two callous brutes who dragged her face across a pebble-dashed wall, leaving her with extensive bruising across her face and a badly injured knee.

As they fled the scene they warned the lady they would return.

As well as battling blood cancer Ida had also recently undergone a heart procedure.

Ida spent five hours in the A&E department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead following the attack at her home in Dunston, early on Sunday.

Her cat, Henry VIII, had woken her at around 5.30am after he had been alerted to a noise outside.

She spotted movement outside her home and opened the door to investigate.

As she did so the thugs yanked her arm and launched their savage attack on her which left her crumbled on the ground.


Ida branded the heartless attackers and “rubbish” and cowards, adding she’d like to “throttle” them.

She told the Chronicle: "They wouldn't dare pick on someone who would fight back. Elderly people are probably all they will pick on."

Ida said she believes her attackers were after her £1,300 scooter, so they could potentially sell it for drug money.

Fortunately, Ida’s attackers fled empty-handed as the scooter was secure.

Cops were left sickened by the attack on the vulnerable pensioner.

Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Davison of Northumbria Police said: "This is an abhorrent attack on a vulnerable pensioner in her own home and we are determined to find those responsible.

“The mobility scooter would clearly belong to someone with a vulnerability and I find it appalling that anyone would try to take it away from someone in need.

“To then shove an elderly woman into a wall, and cause the level of injury that they have done, is beyond comprehension and I know the wider community will share our anger."

Ida said because it was still dark outside she didn’t get a good look at her attackers but believes they were either in their late teens or early 20s and had “Geordie” accents.

Ida, who has worked all her life since she left school aged 15 and only retired when she was 77, was left sickened by the attack.

She said: "I did that so I could get a bit of money for when I did stop, and I resent it being stolen off me when I've worked for that all of my life."

Ida, who had a heart pacer added less than three months ago, added: "What worries me is that if it happened to someone else. Elderly people are not that strong.

"If they hit (others) the way that I was, I think they could kill some people."

Inspector Davison urged anyone who knows who is behind the attack to give them up.

“We have carried out extensive enquiries already but we need the help of those living in the Dunston area if we are to identify who they are," he said.

“There will be people out there who know who is responsible and we would urge you to look at these pictures of Ida and ask whether you are happy for those responsible to evade justice.”

Anyone with information that may help police identify those responsible is asked to contact 101 quoting log 504 28/02/21.

You can also report online at the Northumbria Police website or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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