Man pleads guilty to mugging Alan Barnes

Richard Gatiss has admitted shoving the 4ft 6in pensioner, breaking his collarbone. Since the attack, more than £330,000 has been donated to Barnes by people from all over the world.

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Alan Barnes: 'She will be my friend for life'

Alan Barnes and Katie Cutler Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Alan Barnes, the 67-year-old who was attacked outside Gateshead home, says the woman who helped raise more that £220 thousand to help him move home will always be a friend.

21-year-old Katie Cutler set up a fund raising which originally had a target of just £500.

Mr Barnes said: "I have just met her [Katie] but she will be my friend for life."

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