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Scotland.
Gang attacks and robs blind man.




BBC News, Scotland (UK).
Thursday, April 13, 2006.




A blind man has been assaulted and robbed by a gang of up to four people.


He was attacked just after he withdrew money from a cash machine in Dundee on Wednesday night.


Police said the 55-year-old victim's disability was obvious to his attackers as he was wearing a fluorescent yellow jacket and using a white stick.


Although his stick was broken in the attack, at about 2200 BST, he was able to get to a nearby phone box and called for help.


Tayside Police have urged witnesses to come forward following the incident, on Lochee High Street.


Unknown attackers


A police spokesman said: "It's understood that three, possibly four people were responsible for the incident, although it is not clear at this time if they were male or female."


Although shaken by his ordeal, the man was not seriously hurt.


Before the attack, the man, who was robbed of a three-figure sum of money, made a withdrawal from a cash machine at Lloyds TSB.


As he walked along the High Street into St Mary's Lane, he became aware of footsteps behind him.


He was then pushed to the ground, assaulted and robbed of his wallet.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4907694.stm




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