Family 'heartbroken' by pensioner's death after theft

John Gillespie John Gillespie died six days after the attack

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The son of a pensioner who died following an attempted street robbery said he had been left "heartbroken" by his father's death.

Police said they believed John Gillespie, 88, was pushed to the ground during the incident in Stirling last week.

He was taken to Stirling Royal Infirmary but died six days later on 25 April - his 64th wedding anniversary.

Detectives have appealed for fresh information.

His son, also John Gillespie, 55, said his father was a "gentleman", who was "always immaculately dressed, never without a shirt and tie and often with his trilby hat".

He said his father loved walking and had been looking forward to seeing the spring blossom around Stirling.

In a statement released by Central Scotland Police, he said: "My dad was a father of four and grandfather of 11.

"He kept a close eye on all our achievements, big or small, and was a very proud man.

"He was well-loved by his family and within the wider local community.

"At this time we're just trying to come to terms with what has happened, and protecting and caring for our family, especially mum."

"We are heartbroken and feel desperately sad and empty. It's not only our family who have been violated but Stirling itself."

Police appeal

Mr Gillespie was found injured by a passer-by in the underpass at Lover's Walk, Stirling, at 1450 BST on 19 April.

A week after the attack, police stopped people in the area in a bid to find witnesses and handed out appeal posters.

Det Insp Ronnie Isles, from Central Scotland Police, said: "Just over a week on from the assault, we are extremely pleased with the amount of people who have come forward with information, but we know there are still some people out there who can help us."

The suspect was aged between 21 and 40, and was about 6ft, of slim build with short dark hair.

He was wearing a blue jumper and dark trousers.

Central Scotland Police said the incident could be linked to another robbery involving a 70-year-old woman, who was targeted in the Trossachs town of Callander on the same day.

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