OAP lollipop man suffers punctured lung in road-rage attack

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A lollipop man was left with a punctured lung and a broken rib after being attacked by an irate driver.

Former pub landlord John Doyle was helping two girls cross the road outside Wellington School in Timperly, Greater Manchester, when local businessman Gentri Rustemi drove over the crossing without slowing down.

The pair then exchanged words when Rustemi stopped after Mr Doyle tapped his lollipop stick on the roof of his BMW as it sped past.

However, despite driving off to drop his daughter off at the school, Rustemi returned to the crossing in rage and attacked Mr Doyle in front of horrified parents and children.

After attempting to hit him in the face, Rustemi punched Mr Doyle in the chest, sending him to the floor. The 79-year-old was later rushed to hospital after a broken rib punctured his lung.

Rustemi, a chip shop owner from Stockport, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and causing actual bodily harm. He managed to avoid prison by being given a six-month suspended custodial sentence.

He was also ordered to pay his victim £2,000 in compensation and to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work. Judges at Manchester Crown Court also banned Rustemi from driving for 12 months.

Speaking after the case, Mr Doyle said: "It was an extraordinary thing. I've spent most of my working life in the licence trade, so I've had to escort my fair share of people from my premises but this was something else," the Telegraph reports.

"What he did was like going through a red light and the fact is both myself and the children could have been run over. I've been verbally abused in the past but I never expected to get hit. I'm only ashamed that I fell down.

"But I'll keep doing lollipop patrols until I stop enjoying it, and that's even after getting a punctured lung. I love the job and love meeting people. I've got no plans to stop yet."