Ex-policeman, 88, foils robbers with walking stick after his 'old instincts' kicked in
The readers are going to love this guy. Alas:
despite other passers-by also intervening, the robbers still managed to escape with a 'substantial' amount of money, police said.
After confronting the robbers, the veteran - who was married to his late wife, Christina, for 57 years, has two children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren - was left with a bump to his head that needed hospital treatment following his encounter with the thieves.
"a bump to the head". So even the mail couldn't make his injuries sound worse than they really were this time.
And again, plenty of irrelevant information - even going forward generations to tell us he's a great grandfather.
Clearly been a great grandparent will soon top been an ordinary grandparent. This information shouldn't matter, except of course where there would be little newsworthyness to the story without it.
I'm fairly certain that this story would be unlikely to be of any intetest to the paper if the man in question were an ordinary twenty-something, or Polish perhaps. A tiny bit in the corner of one page might be given to it at the most.