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Man, 79, attacked in Inverurie after snowballs thrown

Duncan Rae
Image caption Duncan Rae said he was attacked on Wednesday evening

An attack on a pensioner in Inverurie - after four youths had thrown snowballs at him - is being investigated by police.

Duncan Rae, 79, told BBC Scotland he was kicked and stamped on in the Aberdeenshire town on Wednesday evening.

It happened outside his home in the Old Chapel Road area, near Strathburn Park.

"Throwing snowballs is one thing, but when you start using the feet, that's a different kettle of fish," he said.

Mr Rae, who will soon turn 80, explained: "I was filling the coal pail and these snowballs came across. There was abuse.

"I chased them and got hold of the biggest one. I have got angina and could not hold him.

"He got me down and gave me a kick on the hip and then stamped on my chest.

"They ran off. I said, 'what are you running for, there's four of you'."

Mr Rae estimated that the boys were aged between 13 and 15 and said he was "sad that they would do that".

"They are not frightened these days," he added

A Grampian Police spokesperson said: "A complaint was received and inquiries are ongoing."

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