Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mugging Hero Suffered Fits

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mugging Hero Suffered Fits

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Byline: Ron Livingstone

A man today told how he suffered three epileptic fits after chasing a youth who mugged his sister.

Peter Thompson, 58, collapsed in the street as he pursued the robber who ripped the bag from his sister's grasp in Middlesbrough town centre.

The former stevedore who was forced to quit his job when he developed epilepsy after an accident at Tees Dock in the '70s, said: "I got a real fright."

Mr Thompson, of Monkland Close, in Middlesbrough town centre, added: "We had been at the Western Social Club on Union Street and were walking home with an old gentleman - I always take him home.

"These two black guys came up behind us and one of them cut the strap of her bag and ran off with it.

"She told me not to run after him but I did. I had got about 200 yards to Princes Road when I collapsed.

"I had one fit there, another in the ambulance and one in hospital. I'm settled now but it gave me quite a fright.

"I knew I shouldn't have run after him but it was a spur of the moment thing - he had taken my sister's bag. …

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