Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Man Critically Hurt in Brutal Street Attack

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Man Critically Hurt in Brutal Street Attack

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Byline: By Brenda Hickman

United star Nolberto Solano today appealed for help to catch a brutal mugger.

Bobby Levee lies critically injured with a fractured skull after a vicious street robbery on Wednesday.

A relative revealed the 53-year-old had already been struggling to come to terms with a life-threatening genetic disorder before he was savagely attacked.

Mr Levee lost his father, Arthur, at the age of 63, and his two brothers ( Brian at 59, and 57-year-old David ( just a year ago to a form of Huntington's Disease.

He also suffers from the inherited defective gene, which makes him shake, appear drunk and disorientated.

Police believe his vulnerable condition made him a target for the mugging in the early hours of Wednesday.

As Mr Levee, of Gateshead, recovers in intensive care at Newcastle General Hospital, his nephew, a friend of Toon soccer star Nobby Solano, today appealed for help to find the mugger. Chris Levee, 45, of Longbenton, said: "The attack on Bobby is sickening.

"He suffers from a genetic disorder which has been passed down on the male side of the family and has already claimed my grandfather, my father, Brian, and my other uncle, David, last year.

"Bobby only goes out about once a fortnight. He's a bit of a recluse, but has a few mates he meets up with for one or two pints at the most. Sometimes he can only drink one pint.

"He may have seemed drunk to the attacker and now he's been beaten, left with terrible injuries."

Newcastle United's Solano had been visiting Chris at his home when detectives arrived on Thursday to update the family of their progress.

Solano said: "I'm shocked to hear this has happened to Bobby. Chris told me he was attacked and robbed and now he's in hospital.

"Anyone who saw the man or who knows who did it should help the police."

Detectives believe the robber may have followed Mr Levee when he appeared drunk and may have pulled out a wad of cash. …

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