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EVIL THUGS STEAL OAPs' XMAS CASH; Now they've no money for gifts.

Callous thugs robbed two pensioners of their Christmas pension money in a cowardly attack.

The shaken couple have been left penniless and unable to buy any presents for their family.

Now they are too scared to go outside on their own.

Former soldier James Gilchrist, 80, and wife Jean, 78, were pounced upon in Ruchazie, Glasgow, shortly after they had left Gartloch Road Post Office.

A walking stick which James uses after a hip operation was kicked away by one of the thugs.

The frail pensioner was then thrown to the ground while the other man rifled through his pockets and found the money.

James bravely tried to hold on to it.

The fiends fled when Jean tried to help her husband who suffered injuries to his knee and shoulder.

Jean said: "How could anyone do this to us?

"That money was for Christmas and New Year. What are we going to do now?

"I was so frightened. If James had put up even more of a fight they could have taken a knife to him."

The old couple were so scared the attackers would trace them through the address on their pension books that they had to put more locks on their home.

Jean said: "I'm so scared. I can't sleep and I haven't been able to eat anything since. It's so cruel."

James, still shaken from the attack, said he tried his best to cling on to the money.

"I grabbed his hand but he was too strong," he said.

"They're cowards. They are just lucky they didn't try this 30 years ago."

Police have appealed for information about the thugs who struck on Thursday afternoon.

They were around 5ft 7ins. One was wearing a white or grey tracksuit top and blue jeans. The other had a black jacket and white baseball cap.

DC William Nicol said: "This couple have been left traumatised."

l Police in Glasgow are hunting heartless thieves who stole a charity bottle from the Netherton Inn, in Linden Place, Temple. Regulars had collected a four figure sum for Cash For Kids.
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Author:Milne, Shaun
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 20, 1997
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