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Volunteer, 71, punched in the face at Grantham bonfire event




A shock assault left a 71-year-old volunteer at an annual bonfire and fireworks display with a bump and double vision.

When Jim Wheeldon refused to let three men riding in a truck through the exit gate at the field in Belton Lane, Great Gonerby, one of them jumped out and punched him in the face. The attack left him in pain with a large red bump above his right eye (pictured).

Jim, of Stathern Walk, Grantham, said: “One of them put the window down and said, ‘can you open the gate, mate?’ I said I’d find out if they were allowed through and got out my car. Then this bloke got out the pick-up truck and said, ‘what did you say to me?’ I said they weren’t coming in and, bang, that was it.

Jim Wheeldon, 71, was punched while volunteering at Grantham's annual bonfire and fireworks display. (5204683)
Jim Wheeldon, 71, was punched while volunteering at Grantham's annual bonfire and fireworks display. (5204683)

“By the time I’d come to my senses they were down the hill so I didn’t get the licence plate.”

Jim was also providing radio coverage for the event as a member of the Radio Amateurs’ Emergency Network (RAYNET).

Call police on 101 with information.



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