Pensioner, 81, dies after being attacked in the street in Rotherham


A pensioner has died after he was attacked in the street and left with serious injuries.

Mushin Ahmed, 81, was assaulted in an area just off Fitzwilliam Road, in Rotherham, in the early hours of Monday and died a few days later in hospital.

Two men from the town have since been charged with assault with intent.

Damien Hunt, 29, and Kieran John Rice, 21, will appear at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday.

The Muslim Council of Britain reacted to the death, saying it was the latest in a "spate of violent attacks against Muslims".

Secretary General Dr Shuja Shafi said: "This is an absolute disgusting and horrific crime against an elderly man. We hope the perpetrators are brought to justice and serve a time fitting that of taking the life of a 'gentle' grandfather.

"More recently we have seen a worrying upsurge in attacks on Muslims. We urge our government and police to do more to tackle this menace head on and have a strategy in place to counter the growth in hate crimes against Muslims."

A 29-year-old and a 24-year-old have also been arrested and were bailed as officers continues their investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Singleton, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "It is with great sadness that we confirm to the public this morning the death of Mr Ahmed and our sincerest condolences go to his family and friends.

"He was a much loved and respected member of his community and his relatives are receiving specialist support from officers during this difficult time."