Gran, 68, attacked in Blue Badge rage

St George's High School and the Asda petrol Station on Cherry Tree Road, Marton
St George's High School and the Asda petrol Station on Cherry Tree Road, Marton
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A foul-mouthed shopper launched a tirade of abuse at a grandmother before attacking her in a row over a disabled parking space.

Shocked onlookers watched in disbelief as the young woman launched into her assault on 68-year-old Margaret Craft after overhearing 
the pensioner commenting on the number of drivers who were parked in disabled spaces without blue badges displayed.

The woman kicked Mrs Craft in the knee in the sickening assault.

The victim, who has a blue badge having been left temporarily paralysed and in a wheelchair following a stroke four years ago, was left stunned by the incident which happened outside the Iceland store on Welbeck Avenue, Blackpool.

The woman had shouted that her father had cancer, was in a wheelchair and had his badge in his pocket while he was shopping in Asda next door.

Police have now released supermarket CCTV of the incident, which happened at 12.50pm on Wednesday, February 12.

“I had just parked up with my husband Bill and we were going into Iceland to get a few things,” said Mrs Craft, of Hathaway, Blackpool.

“I noticed three or four cars parked in disabled bays without blue badges and said to my husband that it wasn’t fair.

“I was heading towards the ATM machine when this woman turned to me and said, ‘Who the hell do you think you are telling people where they can park?’

“She came out with the story about her dad being in Asda so I asked where his permit was and she said ‘What’s it to you, where does it say you have to display a blue badge?’

“I said it was common courtesy and the badge was no good in his pocket. I told her I had a badge and had had a stroke and she said ‘What’s a stroke to cancer’?”

Mr Craft told the woman to go away, but she carried on shouting abuse at his wife as she used the cash machine.

“I was about to go into the supermarket when she turned on me and kicked my right knee - I think she was trying to trip me up,” said Mrs Craft.

“Bill said ‘you’ve assaulted my wife’ and she was saying ‘I’ll show you assault’.

“She said it was people like me who gave young people a bad name but I told her it was people like her who did that.”

The woman got into what the Crafts described as a white or cream coloured car and waited a few minutes before driving off. The couple reported the incident to police when they had got home.

“I was angry at the time but I felt even angrier when I realised she had been lying about her dad,” said Mrs Craft.

“Afterwards I was shaking and a bit wobbly. I was shocked and upset and I was crying when I was telling the police officers about it when they came round.

“I’m a bit slower now but am otherwise back to normal after my stroke but we are both nearly 70 and you dread to think what would have happened if this had been a frail old lady - it could have caused a heart attack or anything.

“A lot of old people do not go out at night because they are afraid to but you don’t expect this kind of thing to happen in broad daylight.

“I want this woman to be found and to know she can’t behave like that because if she’s that nasty to an older person I hate to think what she would do to anyone else.”

The woman is described as being in her 30s, 5ft 6ins tall and of slim build with shoulder-length straight blonde hair.

She was wearing a dark jacket and carrying a red handbag and shopping bags.

PC Vicki Ryan who is investigating the incident, said: “This was a completely unnecessary and nasty assault and it was only fortunate that the victim was not injured.

“We are hoping the CCTV image will either jog someone’s memory or that someone will see it and recognise the woman we are looking to speak to and come forward.”

Anyone with information should call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

See pictures of the wanted woman in Friday’s Gazette