‘I didn’t think he was going to stop’

Keith Barnes was attacked outside his home on Valley Road  (w110215-6a)
Keith Barnes was attacked outside his home on Valley Road (w110215-6a)
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A WORKSOP pensioner has spoken of the terror of being subjected to a brutal and unprovoked attack on his own doorstep.

Keith Barnes, 66, was waiting for a friend outside his Valley Road home when he was pushed over his garden wall and repeatedly beaten over the head with a shoe.

His attacker fled when two witnesses stepped in to help, but Keith said the repercussions of the assault are still on-going.

“I am really into trains and planes, and it’s nothing for me to be out and about all day, travelling across the country and meeting friends,” he said.

“But this has changed my outlook on life. I always look over my shoulder now when I’m out the house – it’s very hard to relax.”

“I am speaking out about this because I’d hate for anything to happen to my three grandchildren. I want this man caught.”

Keith was waiting outside his house around 8.45am on 10th January when a man approached him and started to become aggressive.

“He came nose to nose with me and said ‘Have you got a problem?’,” said Keith.

“The next thing I knew he’d pushed me over the 4ft wall. I was on my front and couldn’t fight back. He just kept hitting me so hard – I never thought he was going to stop.”

A young couple saw the attack and immediately phoned the police.

Said Keith: “When I heard their voices I thought he had someone with him. I am so grateful to them for stepping in – it could have been a different story otherwise. They saved my life.”

Keith had to attend the emergency eye clinic at Doncaster Hospital, and is still experiencing trouble with sight in his left eye.

“It’s taking time, but I am not going to let what happened stop me from enjoying my life. The police have been excellent at keeping in touch, and I have found help from the Victim Support team invaluable.”

The offender is described as a white male, aged 35-40, of stocky build. He had dark hair and was unshaven.

He was wearing a black bobble hat, a black zip-up hooded top, black trousers and black or dark-coloured boots.

It is suspected the attacker is local and possibly lives in the Raines Avenue area.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or believes they know who carried out the attack is asked to telephone Pc Faye Clayson on 0300 300 99 99, ext 807 7561. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.