Tyne & Wear

Man in wheelchair, 71, attacked in North Shields street

Two people have been arrested after a 71-year-old man in a wheelchair was punched and robbed in the street.

The victim, who has not been named, remains in hospital with facial injuries after the attack in Silkey's Lane, North Shields, on Sunday evening.

Northumbria Police said the man was knocked to the ground and cash and a mobile phone taken.

A force spokesman said a man aged 38 and a woman, 34, were detained on suspicion of robbery.

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