Fair play to Ricky Tomlinson, after hearing this report on the local radio in Merseyside he phoned up asking for the old boys details so he could give him the money back and a bit more on top: Veteran robbed in city centre Aug 8 2008 by Liza Williams, Liverpool Daily Post A WORLD War II veteran was forced to the floor while attackers rifled through his pockets, stealing photographs and cash in Liverpool city centre. The 82-year-old victim was jumped on in Parker Street last Saturday as he left William Hill bookmakers at 7pm. Two men grabbed him from behind at the top of the stairs. One held him in a bear hug and, when the victim called for help, he placed his hands over his throat and mouth very tightly. The victim was forced to the floor while one of the offenders restrained him and the other went through his pockets. His wallet, cash and photographs of great sentimental value were taken. The pictures showed the victimâs dead wife and his children when they were young. He received minor injuries to his shoulders and chest and was left badly shaken by the attack. The offenders are described as black, in their early 20s, between 5ft 9in to 10in, of stocky build, clean shaven with dark hair and wearing long-sleeved tops. Keep up to date with the news. Sign up for News Alerts E-Newsletters Have your say on the latest news and sport in our Forums Here's the bit about Ricky offering help: BIG-hearted TV star Ricky Tomlinson yesterday pledged to help a World War II hero who was mugged in the street. He offered to replace cash cowardly thugs stole from the 82-year-old. Ricky, 68 â Jim Royle in comedy The Royle Family â heard of the attack in Liverpool on BBC Radio Merseyside. He rang in and said: âI donât know how much the poor old fella lost but you find out exactly what it was and Iâll give him it and a few bob on top so he can go out and have a proper drink.â The man, who served in Europe and Burma, suffered minor injuries. As Jim Royle would probably say ''Robbers - My Arse, thieving little shitbags''.