Published on Thursday 14 June 2012 12:05
A DISABLED grandmother was spat on and abused by yobs after visiting her husband’s grave in Bedford on Saturday.
Sandra, 60, a former computer programmer, was left disabled by a stroke ten years ago. She was travelling in her electric wheelchair when the attack happened at around 2.30pm in Goldington Road.
She said: “When my husband was alive, if he went into Bedford and had the money he would always bring me a red rose back.
“I hadn’t planned it but I felt that I needed to give him a red rose.”
She added: “On my way back there were a group of young people laughing and talking at the side of the path.
“I wasn’t frightened as I have always believed that there is always something good in everybody but they stopped me in my chair.”
Sandra was then subjected to a ten-minute attack in which the youths shouted abuse, including that she ‘didn’t belong in this world’, spat on her, grabbed her and tampered with her wheelchair and its controls.
She said: “I’m a Christian and I’ve got a little verse – ‘Be still and know that I am God.’
“I knew that as long as I could say that I could keep myself fairly calm because I do get anxiety attacks.
“They started spitting inside my glasses and on my hand. I was in tears. It was horrible and I felt like I had lost the plot.”
Sandra, whose surname we have agreed not to publish, escaped when a passer-by shouted at the youths.
But in her hurry she bumped down the kerb and was nearly hit by a car.
She said: “My chair only goes at two-and-a-half miles an hour and I was scared stiff that they were going to chase me.
“The only thing I could think of was to go as fast as I could.
“The man in the car offered to take me home but I couldn’t accept. I wouldn’t have been able to because I didn’t trust anyone after what had happened.”
She added: “Now I don’t feel like I want to go out and I don’t feel very comfortable with people. They have made me feel frightened and worthless.”
The six or seven attackers were aged between 16 and 19. Two were Asian and the youth who grabbed the wheelchair wore beige trousers and multi-coloured striped socks.
Police want to trace either of the two men who stopped, or a third man who took Sandra home when her wheelchair ran out of battery power.
You can contact PC Sara Ielden via police number 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.