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26 October 2017

Harry was recently the subject of a robbery at his home in Newtown.

  • World War Two Veteran Harry Melling will be our guest at Saturday’s fixture with Blackburn Rovers.
  • Harry was recently attacked and burgled at his home in Newtown
  • Harry will enjoy Champagne Lounge hospitality and take in the game against Blackburn Rovers as our guest on Saturday

Harry Melling

Harry Melling - Photo courtesy of Wigan Evening Post

World War Two veteran Harry Melling, 97, will be our guest at Saturday’s game with Blackburn Rovers.

The club was made aware of the terrible news that Harry had been robbed in the hallway of his Newtown home this month, in a shocking incident in which an offender pushed him to the floor and pulled his trousers down before stealing his wallet and fleeing.

On hearing the news, chief executive Jonathan Jackson was keen to invite Harry to the weekend’s game with Blackburn Rovers, along with his grandson Matthew Melling.

“I was really shocked to hear the news about the attack on Harry,” Jonathan said. “I urge anybody who has any information about the attack to contact the police.

“I hope Harry has an enjoyable afternoon in the Champagne Lounge on Saturday and look forward to welcoming him to the DW Stadium.”

Harry will enjoy Champagne Lounge hospitality and take in the game against Blackburn Rovers as our guest on Saturday.

Mr Melling served on submarines during the conflict between 1939 and 1945 and also spent many years as warden of a local church.

Cash and cards were taken during the robbery and we urge anyone who might be able to assist the police to catch the person responsible for the robbery, which happened just before 10pm on Thursday, October 12, to do so.

Police are now urgently appealing for witnesses to come forward and have described the offender as about 5ft 8in tall, of medium build and wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 7124 or 101, quoting incident number 2354 of 12/10/17, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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