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Fund for disabled pensioner to be halted after total reaches over £329k

The online fund to help disabled pensioner Alan Barnes after he was mugged last week has been halted by his family, the woman who set it up has said. Over £329,000 has been raised for Alan after beautician Katie Cutler set up a fundraising page six days ago, she say his family are very grateful.

There will be a presentation in due course when a cheque will be handed over to the 4ft 6in visually-impaired 67-year-old.

Ms Cutler, 21, wrote on the Alan Barnes Fund page:

Good morning, after speaking with Alan & his family, they have asked me to stop any further donations to his fund.

He is very grateful for all your love, support & donations.

– Katie Cutler, Fundraiser
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New police appeal in Alan Barnes investigation

Police investigating an attempted robbery on disabled pensioner Alan Barnes just over a week ago have made a fresh appeal for information.

Mr Barnes was approached by another man who pushed him to the ground and demanded money on January 25. It happened at around 6.30pm on Hillside Place in Gateshead.

Mr Barnes, 67, suffered a broken collar bone. His disability means he is partially sighted and is just 4ft 6ins tall.

Alan Barnes

"The investigation into the incident is ongoing and I'd like to reassure people we are determined to find the man who did this to Mr Barnes.

"It has left him feeling vulnerable, but thankfully he has seen the kindness of others who are helping him through his plight.

"But the main thing for us is to find the person responsible for this cowardly assault against a man unable to defend himself and we need the public's help.

"We do not have a description or direction of travel of the offender but someone will know something about the man involved.

"We do have potential forensic evidence which we've recovered, so I'd urge people to get in touch with information, no matter how insignificant they feel it may be, it could prove to be vital.

"It could be people in the area of Hillside Place have private CCTV which may have captured important information. I'd ask anyone with information to get in touch with us, anonymously if necessary."

– DC Chris Neil

Police can be contacted on 101.

Alan Barnes meets woman who started donation page

Alan Barnes, the pensioner who was said he didn't feel safe in his home after being viciously attacked by thugs, met the young woman who started an online donation page for him.

No predicted the £500 pounds she'd hoped to raise soaring to over a quarter of a million. Sejal Karia reports on the tears that were shed today


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Alan Barnes: 'Amazed and overwhelmed'

Alan Barnes says he is absolutely amazed and overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity which has seen thousands donated to help him move home.

The 67-year-old says he is too sacred to return home after being attacked as he took the bins out.

Today he met with Katie Cutler, the local 21-year-old who set up web page to try to raise £500. That total is now more than £200 thousand.

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Watch as Alan Barnes meets Katie Cutler for the first time

Alan Barnes said he had only just met Katie Cutler but that she would be a friend for life. Watch the moment they met for the first time here.

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Alan Barnes meets woman who helped raise over £220k

A disabled pensioner left badly hurt after being attacked outside his home last week has met the woman who helped raised more than £220,000 on his behalf for the first time.

Alan Barnes meets Katie Cutler who set up fund raising web page Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Beautician Katie Cutler, 21, set up the web page after hearing that 67-year-old Alan Barnes was too scared to return to his home following the attack, which happened as he took the bins out.

The total money raised by the website has now topped £220,000, thanks to more than 17,000 generous donors.

Mr Barnes told ITV Tyne Tees he was overwhelmed by the generosity he has been shown.

He said: "It's hard to think of the words to say what I feel for [Katie], how kind she was."

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