Desert Rat grandfather wrestles money back from cashpoint

When a pair of crooks flanked 77-year-old Ernest Wotton as he withdrew some money from a cashpoint, they must have assumed he would be an easy target.

But they hadn't anticipated how fleet of foot he was nor, more importantly, the fact that he was a former Desert Rat.

As soon as one of the men grabbed £100 of the grandfather-of-four's precious pension money and ran off, he gave chase and caught up with him after a 100-yard sprint.

He then grabbed the shocked thief by the arm and wrenched away the wad of notes before the man escaped.

Afterwards, the pensioner jogged back to his wife, Doreen, 74, who was waiting for him outside a shop, completely unaware of his heroics.

'My blood immediately boiled,' said Mr Wotton, a former lance bombardier with the Royal Horse Artillery, which was attached to the 7th Armoured Division - nicknamed the Desert Rats - during his national service between 1948 and 1950.

I look forward to his immediate arrest for assault and for breaching the human rights of his 'victim'.

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