Villagers rally round 85-year-old known as Aldo after the vicious assault

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Members of the community have been fundraising for Aldo and Val Prior (centre) has donated a food hamper to the pensioner

A PENSIONER who was brutally beaten in his home with his own walking sticks has been ‘humbled’ by the heartwarming response to his ‘horrifying’ ordeal.

Villagers rallied round 85-year-old ‘true gentleman’, known to all as ‘Aldo’ after a burglar smashed into his house and snatched his metal walking sticks to attack his face, leaving him bruised and bloodied in hospital.

The vicious assault happened at his Sutton Courtenay home on Monday evening, motivated by demands for money, and has resulted in a campaign to fundraise for a new door and better security.

Staff at Sutton Courtenay Tyres garage set up a JustGiving page for Italian-born Aldo that received £800 of donations in less than 24 hours.

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Manager Nigel Primrose, 54, said: “We thought it would be a nice thing to try to help him restore his faith in mankind. His trust in people has been rocked to the core. His home should be a fortress for him but he is going to be feeling very vulnerable.”

Cashier Marie Curran, 41, added: “Everyone in the village is shocked and angry that someone was able to go that low to a pensioner who lives alone.”

Aldo had been sleeping when the burglar broke into the front door at about 8.30pm, according to his next-of-kin Caron Bradley.

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