Mr Bell spent 35 years living and working in the Far East as a director of the production of clothes for major high street stores such as H&M, Debenhams and Next, and received an OBE for his work in stamping out child labour in Bangladesh. He only returned to his home town of Bournemouth in the past four years, and was shocked to find he was not safe.Those who have spent their working lives abroad must dream of a return to the England they knew. How cruel to find it’s often even less law-abiding than the places they recently left…
“I could be dead, just from sitting in my car in Poole Road,” he said.
“It was a shock to me to come back to Bournemouth and find it uncivilised for an elderly person to go out alone. I didn’t expect to find my home town full of crooks and criminals.”
Bournemouth Crown Court heard last week that Bissett thought the car was a taxi, was “wholly apologetic” and had been so drunk he couldn’t remember the incident.Riiiiight…
Clearly, though, not that apologetic:
Mr Bell still cannot lift up his arm and has to take prescribed painkillers just to be able to sleep at night.Mr Bell must be wondering whether it would have been better to stay in the Far East.
But he is determined not to let the attack affect his life, and still goes out to collect his early morning paper.
However, he has spent thousands of pounds on carers and on a mobility scooter and has been told there will be no compensation from his attacker to help him cover those costs.