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Hit-and-run mugging: son of 90-year-old victim issues plea to find moped rider

Male suspect fled the scene wearing only one shoe, leaving former aircraft engineer on the ground in agony after what police believe may have been an attempted mobile phone robbery

10 August, 2018 — By Emily Finch

John Savile: ‘In good spirits despite all this’

THE son of a 90-year-old man left in agony after a suspected failed robbery has appealed for the public to help catch a moped rider who rushed from the scene wearing only one shoe.

Arthur Savile, 32, was waiting for his father, John Savile, at an Italian restaurant in Finsbury on Monday evening. He said: “I saw him walking past the restaurant, then I saw he was crossing the road. I lost sight of him and when he didn’t come to the restaurant after a few minutes I went out to try to find him.”

Mr Savile discovered his father, an avid golfer who had played with friends just a few days before the attack, on the ground in Central Street surrounded by passers-by and police officers.

“There was blood everywhere. He was screaming in agony,” he said.

The 90-year-old is now facing multiple operations on his pelvis. His right leg was broken in three places. Doctors at the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel have inserted a metal rod into his leg to hold his bones in place.

“This is huge and can affect his lifestyle,” his son said. “It’s going to be a very big issue for him. He’s led a very active life. He’s in good spirits despite all this.”

Mr Savile Snr, a former aircraft engineer and financial advisor, still works part-time as a financial introducer and lives off City Road.

“The police think it was an attempted mugging. The street is notorious for moped gangs. I had my phone stolen near there and they think my father had his phone out,” said his son.

Mr Savile Jnr said it was “shocking” that the moped rider drove off after the collision without stopping to help.

“If anyone has any information please come forward,” he said. “I am absolutely appalled some­one does something like this for a mobile phone.”

Officers were called to Worcester Point in Central Street at 8.51pm on Monday evening. The moped rider who collided with Mr Savile fell off his bike and left a red open-faced crash helmet at the scene.

He got back on the damaged black moped and made off from the scene wearing only one shoe.

Officers are continuing their efforts to trace the moped rider but no arrests had been made yesterday (Thursday).

Detective Sergeant Matt Smith, from the Met’s Roads and Trans­port Policing Command, appealed for witnesses to come forward.

“No one of any age, especially 90, deserves to be a victim of a hit-and-run collision,” he said.

“I have no doubt that someone in the area would have seen a moped driver fleeing the scene without a helmet and missing a shoe. It would have come across as very peculiar. It’s not something you would forget in a hurry.

“I’m sure acquaintances, family, friends or neighbours of the rider involved, given the release of this new appeal, have knowledge or suspicion about the rider’s involvement. I would appeal to their conscience to contact police, given the age of the victim.”

Anyone with information should call the Met’s Alperton Traffic Garage on 0208 991 9555 or Crime­stoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.

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