'I thought I was going to die' - grandad tells of Walkden road rage attack by speeding driver

'I thought I was going to die' - grandad tells of road rage attack by speeding driver

Peter Stringer suffered a broken jaw and a dislocated finger

Peter Stringer suffered a broken jaw and a dislocated finger

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , crime reporter

A GRANDFATHER said he thought he was going to die when he was punched in the face by a road rage attacker.

Peter Stringer was taken to hospital after being attacked for raising his arms to question why a Mercedes driver had raced past him so fast.

The driver was enraged by the 71-year-old’s gesture, reversed the car near to where he was standing, at the junction of Spring Clough Avenue and Old Clough Lane, and punched him in the face.

Mr Stringer said: “I thought I was going to die.

“I thought I was dead.

“I looked up and the man’s car door was open and this young guy was already out of the car.

“I looked up and he obviously took the chance.

“He could have just left me to die, that is the sorry thing about it. He was a coward.

“The man who did this has no morals, no compassion, no feelings for anybody but himself.

“He is arrogant, aggressive and vicious. He was slick and knew exactly what he was doing.”

The retired English teacher and cricket master suffered a break to the left side of his jaw and a crack to the right side.

He also dislocated his middle finger on his left hand after getting it stuck in his dog’s collar.

The 71-year-old, from Northumberland, was visiting his mother-in-law, Pat Murphy, in Walkden, and was out walking his dogs, Freddie a Staffordshire bull terrier and Tillie, a collie cross breed, when he was attacked.

He was left covered in blood and made his way back to his mother-in-law’s home where he passed out several times He has received treatment at Royal Bolton Hospital, Royal Preston Hospital and Blackburn Hospital since the attack on Sunday at about 7.30pm.

Mr Stringer said he would now be cautious when walking his dogs and fears he may have to postpone a trip to Somerset later this week with his wife Liz.

He remains hopeful that his attacker will be caught.

Det Con Paul Davies said: “On the face of it this was a road rage incident — people change when they get behind the wheel.

“If Mr Stringer had hit his head on the concrete it could have been a totally different story — people have died from being punched.”

The suspect is an Asian man, aged about 30, between 5ft 8in and 5ft 9in tall, with an athletic build.

He was said to have a sallow complexion, short, black hair and a short, trimmed beard. He was wearing smart casual clothes.

Anyone with information can call police on 0161 8565097 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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12:20pm Thu 4 Sep 14

mrs philainsy says...

Det Con Paul Davies said: “On the face of it this was a road rage incident — people change when they get behind the wheel.




This nasty violent individual, sounds like he would be a Thug behind a Wheel or otherwise.
What he should be is behind Bars.

I hope Mr Stringer fully recovers.
Det Con Paul Davies said: “On the face of it this was a road rage incident — people change when they get behind the wheel. This nasty violent individual, sounds like he would be a Thug behind a Wheel or otherwise. What he should be is behind Bars. I hope Mr Stringer fully recovers. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 16

12:20pm Thu 4 Sep 14

V Meldrew says...

Typical of the young and arrogant people roaming about these days, picking on the old and female of society, It would be a racist attack if it was the other way round and the police would be trying really hard to arrest the culprit.
Personally I think the word "Racist" should not be used at all these days as it is only used when it suits
Typical of the young and arrogant people roaming about these days, picking on the old and female of society, It would be a racist attack if it was the other way round and the police would be trying really hard to arrest the culprit. Personally I think the word "Racist" should not be used at all these days as it is only used when it suits V Meldrew
  • Score: 10

12:28pm Thu 4 Sep 14

BWFC1988 says...

V Meldrew wrote:
Typical of the young and arrogant people roaming about these days, picking on the old and female of society, It would be a racist attack if it was the other way round and the police would be trying really hard to arrest the culprit.
Personally I think the word "Racist" should not be used at all these days as it is only used when it suits
I'm young, please don't tar me me with the same brush.
[quote][p][bold]V Meldrew[/bold] wrote: Typical of the young and arrogant people roaming about these days, picking on the old and female of society, It would be a racist attack if it was the other way round and the police would be trying really hard to arrest the culprit. Personally I think the word "Racist" should not be used at all these days as it is only used when it suits[/p][/quote]I'm young, please don't tar me me with the same brush. BWFC1988
  • Score: 13

2:11pm Thu 4 Sep 14

bandit14 says...

I reckon it was the injured man who was the aggressor because of his martial arts past and thought he could still have a go, he looks younger than his age and that normally comes with acting younger as well, we have only got one side of the story and it comes from a man who seems to have been left a bit embarassed and a wounded ego
I reckon it was the injured man who was the aggressor because of his martial arts past and thought he could still have a go, he looks younger than his age and that normally comes with acting younger as well, we have only got one side of the story and it comes from a man who seems to have been left a bit embarassed and a wounded ego bandit14
  • Score: -21

2:16pm Thu 4 Sep 14

bandit14 says...

Looking at the picture you can see he looks a bit aggressive, look between his eyes, aggressive lines ,you may fool joe public but i can see through all this
Looking at the picture you can see he looks a bit aggressive, look between his eyes, aggressive lines ,you may fool joe public but i can see through all this bandit14
  • Score: -16

3:46pm Thu 4 Sep 14

MissDaisey says...

There is NO EXCUSE for this cowards behaviour. NO excuse whatsoever. it could have been anyones dad or grandad. it is sickening and cowardlt
There is NO EXCUSE for this cowards behaviour. NO excuse whatsoever. it could have been anyones dad or grandad. it is sickening and cowardlt MissDaisey
  • Score: 0

3:48pm Thu 4 Sep 14

MissDaisey says...

THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS COWARDS BEHAVIOUR!! NO EXCUSE WHATSOEVER. IT COULD HAVE BEEN ANYONES DAD OR GRANDAD. IT IS SICKENING AND COWARDLY.
THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR THIS COWARDS BEHAVIOUR!! NO EXCUSE WHATSOEVER. IT COULD HAVE BEEN ANYONES DAD OR GRANDAD. IT IS SICKENING AND COWARDLY. MissDaisey
  • Score: -2

4:30pm Thu 4 Sep 14

mrs philainsy says...

bandit14 wrote:
Looking at the picture you can see he looks a bit aggressive, look between his eyes, aggressive lines ,you may fool joe public but i can see through all this
I bet your Eyebrows meet in the Middle.........of Ya Back.
[quote][p][bold]bandit14[/bold] wrote: Looking at the picture you can see he looks a bit aggressive, look between his eyes, aggressive lines ,you may fool joe public but i can see through all this[/p][/quote]I bet your Eyebrows meet in the Middle.........of Ya Back. mrs philainsy
  • Score: 3

4:54pm Thu 4 Sep 14

bandit14 says...

mrs philainsy wrote:
bandit14 wrote:
Looking at the picture you can see he looks a bit aggressive, look between his eyes, aggressive lines ,you may fool joe public but i can see through all this
I bet your Eyebrows meet in the Middle.........of Ya Back.
The truth hurts the gullible sheep like yourself, a bit of a richard head comment off you , stupid wop
[quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bandit14[/bold] wrote: Looking at the picture you can see he looks a bit aggressive, look between his eyes, aggressive lines ,you may fool joe public but i can see through all this[/p][/quote]I bet your Eyebrows meet in the Middle.........of Ya Back.[/p][/quote]The truth hurts the gullible sheep like yourself, a bit of a richard head comment off you , stupid wop bandit14
  • Score: 0

6:27pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Shannonpaige says...

Bandit14, there really is no need for your comments. If you have nothing nice to say, then don't say it. He is a vulnerable elderly man, and there is NO excuse for what the man did to him. As I've said before, my dad was attacked the exact same way in May, outside Mario's in walkden. Same car, same person. He's just a coward and a despicable human being. He needs to be caught and off the streets before he kills someone. So instead of putting your negative, stupid comments.. Go and dig a hole and sit in it. My dad almost died from the attack, and so did this man. But the attacker obviously isn't thinking about the consequences is he?! Scum like him need locking up and the key throwing away. Awful, awful human being!!!!!!!!
Bandit14, there really is no need for your comments. If you have nothing nice to say, then don't say it. He is a vulnerable elderly man, and there is NO excuse for what the man did to him. As I've said before, my dad was attacked the exact same way in May, outside Mario's in walkden. Same car, same person. He's just a coward and a despicable human being. He needs to be caught and off the streets before he kills someone. So instead of putting your negative, stupid comments.. Go and dig a hole and sit in it. My dad almost died from the attack, and so did this man. But the attacker obviously isn't thinking about the consequences is he?! Scum like him need locking up and the key throwing away. Awful, awful human being!!!!!!!! Shannonpaige
  • Score: 1

6:32pm Thu 4 Sep 14

alecfranco says...

Firstly. May I say how sorry I feel for Mr Stringer & what he has/had endured at the hands of a complete an utter lunatic, psychopathic maniac with delusions of grandeur, meglo maniac who probably thinks the entire world roadworks belongs to this fruitcake who couldnt speak because the only words outtav his mad-mouth would be incoherent (non-sensible) deranged words at that. As for the other looney (BANDIT 14) he's probably as mad as a church hatter who's delirium knows no bounds & is as insane, inane as the lunatic that caused this poor mans appauling injuries who is probably infatuated with this looney who's reasonless & is a crank & has a bewildering halfwit, probably related to this dunderhead madman.. I hope that Mr Stringer gets well physically but I hope after a long, long, long time that he can hopefully forget this deranged loony & madman but thats doubtful.. I really hope he THE LOON GETS CAUGHT & GETS HIS CUMUPPANCE.
Firstly. May I say how sorry I feel for Mr Stringer & what he has/had endured at the hands of a complete an utter lunatic, psychopathic maniac with delusions of grandeur, meglo maniac who probably thinks the entire world roadworks belongs to this fruitcake who couldnt speak because the only words outtav his mad-mouth would be incoherent (non-sensible) deranged words at that. As for the other looney (BANDIT 14) he's probably as mad as a church hatter who's delirium knows no bounds & is as insane, inane as the lunatic that caused this poor mans appauling injuries who is probably infatuated with this looney who's reasonless & is a crank & has a bewildering halfwit, probably related to this dunderhead madman.. I hope that Mr Stringer gets well physically but I hope after a long, long, long time that he can hopefully forget this deranged loony & madman but thats doubtful.. I really hope he THE LOON GETS CAUGHT & GETS HIS CUMUPPANCE. alecfranco
  • Score: -3

7:31pm Thu 4 Sep 14

manchester1 says...

Apparently you have to investigate this yourself now Mr Stringer
Apparently you have to investigate this yourself now Mr Stringer manchester1
  • Score: -1

8:30pm Thu 4 Sep 14

bwfc0210 says...

bandit14 wrote:
I reckon it was the injured man who was the aggressor because of his martial arts past and thought he could still have a go, he looks younger than his age and that normally comes with acting younger as well, we have only got one side of the story and it comes from a man who seems to have been left a bit embarassed and a wounded ego
Enlighten me, what martial arts past? PS, you're a prat.
[quote][p][bold]bandit14[/bold] wrote: I reckon it was the injured man who was the aggressor because of his martial arts past and thought he could still have a go, he looks younger than his age and that normally comes with acting younger as well, we have only got one side of the story and it comes from a man who seems to have been left a bit embarassed and a wounded ego[/p][/quote]Enlighten me, what martial arts past? PS, you're a prat. bwfc0210
  • Score: 2

9:18pm Thu 4 Sep 14

bandit14 says...

alecfranco wrote:
Firstly. May I say how sorry I feel for Mr Stringer & what he has/had endured at the hands of a complete an utter lunatic, psychopathic maniac with delusions of grandeur, meglo maniac who probably thinks the entire world roadworks belongs to this fruitcake who couldnt speak because the only words outtav his mad-mouth would be incoherent (non-sensible) deranged words at that. As for the other looney (BANDIT 14) he's probably as mad as a church hatter who's delirium knows no bounds & is as insane, inane as the lunatic that caused this poor mans appauling injuries who is probably infatuated with this looney who's reasonless & is a crank & has a bewildering halfwit, probably related to this dunderhead madman.. I hope that Mr Stringer gets well physically but I hope after a long, long, long time that he can hopefully forget this deranged loony & madman but thats doubtful.. I really hope he THE LOON GETS CAUGHT & GETS HIS CUMUPPANCE.
Now now dont get too twisted with all this, you sound very upset
[quote][p][bold]alecfranco[/bold] wrote: Firstly. May I say how sorry I feel for Mr Stringer & what he has/had endured at the hands of a complete an utter lunatic, psychopathic maniac with delusions of grandeur, meglo maniac who probably thinks the entire world roadworks belongs to this fruitcake who couldnt speak because the only words outtav his mad-mouth would be incoherent (non-sensible) deranged words at that. As for the other looney (BANDIT 14) he's probably as mad as a church hatter who's delirium knows no bounds & is as insane, inane as the lunatic that caused this poor mans appauling injuries who is probably infatuated with this looney who's reasonless & is a crank & has a bewildering halfwit, probably related to this dunderhead madman.. I hope that Mr Stringer gets well physically but I hope after a long, long, long time that he can hopefully forget this deranged loony & madman but thats doubtful.. I really hope he THE LOON GETS CAUGHT & GETS HIS CUMUPPANCE.[/p][/quote]Now now dont get too twisted with all this, you sound very upset bandit14
  • Score: 2

5:24am Fri 5 Sep 14

Snakestail says...

bwfc0210 wrote:
bandit14 wrote:
I reckon it was the injured man who was the aggressor because of his martial arts past and thought he could still have a go, he looks younger than his age and that normally comes with acting younger as well, we have only got one side of the story and it comes from a man who seems to have been left a bit embarassed and a wounded ego
Enlighten me, what martial arts past? PS, you're a prat.
The retired English teacher and cricket master suffered a break to the left side of his jaw and a crack to the right side.

I think perhaps he read 'cricket master' and thought it meant martial arts ???

As for the comment about his eye's all scrunched up meaning this 71 year old was probably the aggressor, well, they were like that because he is in pain.

This is road rage, the fact that the car driver is an Asian man is irrelevant, and the names of this guys dogs are irrelevant. This was an assault, provoked or unprovoked the lawyers can wrangle over in court. CCTV should be able to catch the registration of this car if it warranted time to look for it but it will rank very low on the Police's list of priorities because even if caught and prosecuted, the driver will claim that it was racially motivated, that the dog walker hurled racist abuse at him and that was why he stopped, got out and hit him. Once the race card is out, the CPS and Police will want to get as far from this as possible and the victim will end up getting prosecuted for offences under the Geneva conventions Human rights violations and sentenced to live the rest of his life in David Cameron's Underpants.
[quote][p][bold]bwfc0210[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bandit14[/bold] wrote: I reckon it was the injured man who was the aggressor because of his martial arts past and thought he could still have a go, he looks younger than his age and that normally comes with acting younger as well, we have only got one side of the story and it comes from a man who seems to have been left a bit embarassed and a wounded ego[/p][/quote]Enlighten me, what martial arts past? PS, you're a prat.[/p][/quote]The retired English teacher and cricket master suffered a break to the left side of his jaw and a crack to the right side. I think perhaps he read 'cricket master' and thought it meant martial arts ??? As for the comment about his eye's all scrunched up meaning this 71 year old was probably the aggressor, well, they were like that because he is in pain. This is road rage, the fact that the car driver is an Asian man is irrelevant, and the names of this guys dogs are irrelevant. This was an assault, provoked or unprovoked the lawyers can wrangle over in court. CCTV should be able to catch the registration of this car if it warranted time to look for it but it will rank very low on the Police's list of priorities because even if caught and prosecuted, the driver will claim that it was racially motivated, that the dog walker hurled racist abuse at him and that was why he stopped, got out and hit him. Once the race card is out, the CPS and Police will want to get as far from this as possible and the victim will end up getting prosecuted for offences under the Geneva conventions Human rights violations and sentenced to live the rest of his life in David Cameron's Underpants. Snakestail
  • Score: -4

2:03pm Fri 5 Sep 14

mrs philainsy says...

bandit14 wrote:
mrs philainsy wrote:
bandit14 wrote:
Looking at the picture you can see he looks a bit aggressive, look between his eyes, aggressive lines ,you may fool joe public but i can see through all this
I bet your Eyebrows meet in the Middle.........of Ya Back.
The truth hurts the gullible sheep like yourself, a bit of a richard head comment off you , stupid wop
Tetchy Tetchy.
Honestly ****bandit14, you do get Wound Up over nothing.
Keep Calm, keep taking the Medication and keep making an absolute t*** of yourself, with your Pilchard Posts.

And for your info.....I have no idea what a wop is, so you'll have to tell me.

I could imagine you in the same situation as the poor victim, you would run off up the road, faster than Usain Bolt up a Drainpipe, shouting appologies and pleading for mercy.......ha ha ha.

Gosh you're a Silly Possum.
[quote][p][bold]bandit14[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bandit14[/bold] wrote: Looking at the picture you can see he looks a bit aggressive, look between his eyes, aggressive lines ,you may fool joe public but i can see through all this[/p][/quote]I bet your Eyebrows meet in the Middle.........of Ya Back.[/p][/quote]The truth hurts the gullible sheep like yourself, a bit of a richard head comment off you , stupid wop[/p][/quote]Tetchy Tetchy. Honestly ****bandit14, you do get Wound Up over nothing. Keep Calm, keep taking the Medication and keep making an absolute t*** of yourself, with your Pilchard Posts. And for your info.....I have no idea what a wop is, so you'll have to tell me. I could imagine you in the same situation as the poor victim, you would run off up the road, faster than Usain Bolt up a Drainpipe, shouting appologies and pleading for mercy.......ha ha ha. Gosh you're a Silly Possum. mrs philainsy
  • Score: -3

7:39pm Fri 5 Sep 14

pradagucci says...

I thought the guy was Asian first hence the first article comments went sky rocket as usual.......but today's article mentions a Mathew from astkey bridge.........oh well, guys been caught......Hope the man attacked recovers quick........
I thought the guy was Asian first hence the first article comments went sky rocket as usual.......but today's article mentions a Mathew from astkey bridge.........oh well, guys been caught......Hope the man attacked recovers quick........ pradagucci
  • Score: 1

9:38pm Fri 5 Sep 14

MIKKAH says...

should have gone to specsavers THE SUSPECT IS AN ASIAN MAN
should have gone to specsavers THE SUSPECT IS AN ASIAN MAN MIKKAH
  • Score: 1

11:03am Sat 6 Sep 14

mrs philainsy says...

pradagucci wrote:
I thought the guy was Asian first hence the first article comments went sky rocket as usual.......but today's article mentions a Mathew from astkey bridge.........oh well, guys been caught......Hope the man attacked recovers quick........
Astkey Bridge?
[quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: I thought the guy was Asian first hence the first article comments went sky rocket as usual.......but today's article mentions a Mathew from astkey bridge.........oh well, guys been caught......Hope the man attacked recovers quick........[/p][/quote]Astkey Bridge? mrs philainsy
  • Score: 0

9:58pm Sun 7 Sep 14

commonsense73 says...

MIKKAH wrote:
should have gone to specsavers THE SUSPECT IS AN ASIAN MAN
I think you should read the news again. He's not Asian. He's been caught and he's English. Now what?? You've all shut up haven't you. ***holes
[quote][p][bold]MIKKAH[/bold] wrote: should have gone to specsavers THE SUSPECT IS AN ASIAN MAN[/p][/quote]I think you should read the news again. He's not Asian. He's been caught and he's English. Now what?? You've all shut up haven't you. ***holes commonsense73
  • Score: 1

10:01pm Sun 7 Sep 14

commonsense73 says...

mrs philainsy wrote:
pradagucci wrote:
I thought the guy was Asian first hence the first article comments went sky rocket as usual.......but today's article mentions a Mathew from astkey bridge.........oh well, guys been caught......Hope the man attacked recovers quick........
Astkey Bridge?
Quick at pointing out spelling mistakes but not facts
[quote][p][bold]mrs philainsy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pradagucci[/bold] wrote: I thought the guy was Asian first hence the first article comments went sky rocket as usual.......but today's article mentions a Mathew from astkey bridge.........oh well, guys been caught......Hope the man attacked recovers quick........[/p][/quote]Astkey Bridge?[/p][/quote]Quick at pointing out spelling mistakes but not facts commonsense73
  • Score: 0

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