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A widow who was attacked in broad daylight in a Newark street says the men who went to help her are heroes.

Mrs Anne Warriner (56) was only yards from her home on Charles Street, Newark, when she was attacked and sprayed in the eyes with what was believed to be CS spray.

The attacker tried to snatch her handbag.

“I just hope the police get him because I do not want this to happen to anybody else,” she said.

“It makes you wonder what makes them do this. They must be sick.”

A tearful Mrs Warriner, who has epilepsy, said if it wasn’t for the actions of those who raced to help her she might have suffered more serious injuries.

Mrs Warriner was attacked at around 3pm on Monday.

She remembers little of the incident other than she had been carrying her handbag under her arm with its strap wrapped around her hand.

She needed hospital checks for bruises to her ribs, arms and hand and bruises and grazes to her legs. Witnesses say she was punched and kicked.

Mr Kevin Devenish (48) who runs his own maintenance services business, was working in Charles Street with his son Ashleigh (17).

Mr Devenish, who lives on Charles Street, said: “My son shouted at me to come out.

“There was a lady on the floor with a young lad kicking and thumping her trying to get her handbag.

“He was giving her a good hiding, really thumping her. It was not very nice.”

Mr Devenish and his son approached the attacker and he went to meet them.

“I went for him and kicked him in the groin which made him stumble,” said Mr Devenish.

“I toppled over, it was such a kick but my son caught me and then he carried on chasing him.”

Ashleigh said: “If it had been my grandma being kicked I would have liked someone to go and help.

“But it doesn’t matter who it was, he should not have done it.”

Mr David McKenny (61) was returning home from a walk on Monday.

Mr McKenny, one of those to ring 999, said: “I thought he was tapping her on the shoulder at first but then he got hold of her round the neck and threw her on to the ground.

“I started shouting and ran up. He was hitting the upper parts of her body.

“It was a really nasty, unpleasant thing to witness.”

Apprentice plumber Mr Amar Mevada (21) of Wollaton, was working in a house nearby and was alerted by Mrs Warriner’s screams.

He saw the man grabbing Mrs Warriner’s handbag and joined the chase.

Mr Mevada said: “I would have done it for anyone. If you see someone in distress it is your natural instinct to go over.

“People should not stand by. They should go and help as much as they can.”

His colleague, Mr Mark Webster, and a neighbour searched for the attacker from the neighbour’s car.

Mr Devenish also looked for him in his van.

The attacker ran down Charles Street and turned left on to London Road where the chasers lost sight of him.

He is described as white, 6ft tall and slim. He is very pale and has shortish brown hair which is possibly curled up at the neck. He wore a grey hooded top.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Firth of Newark CID said: “If it had not been for the bravery of those members of the public who went to the woman’s assistance we may now have been investigating a much graver crime.

“The victim was shaken by her ordeal but has fortunately not sustained any permanent injury. I would like to personally thank and praise the men that went to her aid for their instinctive response.”

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