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Special Boat Service rallies round to help 83-year-old attacked by cowardly mugger

· 17:15, 7 Apr 2016

· Updated 17:18, 7 Apr 2016

· By Neal Keeling

Veterans of elite forces have stepped in with a touching gesture after pensioner was robbed in Failsworth

The Special Boat Service has gone into action after one of its own was mugged by a coward for his precious diving watch.

Frank Marchington, 83, who served with the elite group - sister force of the SAS - in the 1950s and 60s, was robbed near his home in Failsworth.

The pensioner was attacked from behind by a thug who punched him and stole his wallet and Omega watch worth £4,000.

But after reading the story of his attack in MEN the SBS Association has mobilised and are having a unique replacement watch made for Frank.

A spokesman for the Association said: “We only have 1,500 members, but whether serving or retired, 23 or 83, we look after our own.

“We were shocked to hear what had happened to Frank. We have commissioned Elliot and Brown, British watchmakers, to make a replacement watch for Frank, it will be embossed with ‘Frank M’ and his service number - 17316.

“We will have it ready in about two weeks and send two of our representatives to present it to him in a special box.”

He added: “We had a case of one of members in Yorkshire, who was in his 80s, being dragged from his home and robbed.

“We got involved and discovered his home had no central heating, and needed other improvements. Withing two weeks £20,000 was spent by us on doing the improvements and installing new security measures at his home.

“Frank’s watch will be made the company which produces watches for the SBS. It will be worth about £500, but because of its link to the SBS its value will soar, and for his family it will be an heirloom that will be priceless.”

Frank was walking down Lord Lane, near his home, when he was attacked on Monday evening at about 9pm.

He has told his family that a short time earlier he had been for a quiet drink in the nearby Windmill pub when someone had got into conversation with him about his Omega watch, so prized that Frank rarely wears it.

He bought it during his service as a Royal Marine, later joining the elite SBS - a sister organisation to the SAS.

GMP are investigating the robbery and asked anyone with information to contact them on 101, quoting the reference 1116 April 5th.


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