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Elderly man's jaw fractured in 'vicious' attack

image captionWilliam Hopkins, 78, had his jaw broken

An elderly man suffered a "vicious attack" in which his jaw was fractured by a thief who stole £40 in Birmingham.

West Midlands Police released a photo of 78-year-old William Hopkins following the attack in Gooch Street at about 20:00 GMT on 10 November.

Mr Hopkins said he has had trouble eating since the attack, in which he was knocked to the ground from behind.

His wallet and bank cards were stolen, as well as a card from his late wife's memorial service.

"It was such a shocking attack and I don't remember much about what happened," he said.

"As well as being left with a fractured jaw which means I can hardly eat, I also missed the Remembrance Parade on Sunday which is something I look forward to every year."

Det Con Lee Dawson, of Birmingham West CID, said: "This was an unprovoked, vicious and cowardly attack against a pensioner who was going about his own business.

"The pictures show how horrific his injuries were and we want to hear from anyone who has any information about what happened."