More than £12,000 has been raised for a frail and visually impaired pensioner who was attacked near his home.

Katie Cutler set up an online donation page after 67-year-old Alan Barnes was left too frightened to return to his house in Low Fell in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear after the attack last Sunday.

She had hoped to raise £500 to help towards Mr Barnes' relocation costs but the Help Alan Barnes online donation page has since been shared more than 7,500 times and raised thousands more.

Mr Barnes, who is 4ft 6ins tall, has lived with disabilities since birth after his mother contracted German measles during pregnancy.

He suffered a broken collarbone after the would-be robber pushed him to the ground and demanded money during the attack on Sunday. The man then checked his pockets but ran off when Mr Barnes called out for help.

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Writing on the donation page, Ms Cutler said: "Alan is too frightened to return to his home so with the help of his sister he's looking for new accommodation.

"I'm trying to raise £500 for Alan which will help him towards the cost of relocating in order for him to feel safe & carry on with his life.

"We can't take away what has happened but with a little donation we can make the future a prettier one and help towards the cost of his new home".

Northumbria Police are continuing to appeal for anyone with information on the attack, which happened around 6.30pm on Sunday, to contact them.

Detective Constable Chris Neil said: "This was a cowardly assault on a vulnerable man who wasn't able to defend himself. His disability means he is partially sighted and quite short and it's disgraceful that someone would target him. The victim is quite a well-known man in the area and this has left him extremely distressed."

To make a donation to the Help Alan Barnes fund visit