Help for brave Leeds WW2 veteran

Hugh 'Jock' Pollock.
Hugh 'Jock' Pollock.
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READERS disgusted by the ordeal of an 86-year-old chronically sick war veteran robbed of his savings have given cash to him.

The YEP reported that two men burst into the ground floor flat of Second World War veteran Hugh ‘Jock’ Pollock in Holbeck, Leeds, held him down and robbed him of wallets containing £930.

Now three readers have brought a smile back to the face of the courageous pensioner with three donations totalling £450.

Close to tears, Mr Pollock told a reporter: “I want to thanks those people so very, very much. It just shows you that there is some kindness left in the world.”

On the day of the robbery, despite suffering from angina, asthma and lung disease the pensioner, who was wounded in the Second World War, struck one of the two raiders twice, felling him. He needed the help of his accomplice to get to his feet and escape.

One YEP reader, handed over £100 cash and he said: “I was just reading what had been done to this gentleman and was really touched by it. I just wanted to help somehow.”

Retired council engineer Alexander Spence, 58, from Middleton, Leeds, also donated a £100 cheque. He said: “These thugs think they are so big. If they are so hard why don’t they have a go at robbing a bank when they might come up against a big security guard, not an elderly chap like Mr Pollock. They are disgraceful.” A third generous Leeds reader sent a cheque for £250.

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