Good Samaritan Josh looking for OAP Maureen—woman he helped after street attack in Poplar

Josh Babarinde, 21, at spot in East India Dock Road where he helped OAP Maureen on corner of Newby P

Josh Babarinde, 21, at spot in East India Dock Road where he helped OAP Maureen on corner of Newby Place - Credit: Archant

Good Samaritan Josh Babarinde is on a mission to trace the injured pensioner he helped after she was knocked down in the street by a drunk.

The youth worker found the 73-year-old woman lying on the pavement in East India Dock Road in East London outside Poplar’s All Saints church, bleeding from a head wound.

“I managed to stop the bleeding with kitchen role,” the 21-year-old told the East London Advertiser. “I stayed with her until an ambulance arrived and made sure she was alright.

“Then she was taken to hospital and that was the last I saw of her.”

The woman, named Maureen, insisted on taking his address before she went off in the ambulance—then two weeks later sent a card to Josh with cheque and a ‘thank you’ note, but no return address or phone number.

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Josh is using the cash to set up a youth project teaching youngsters how to repair iphone screens, aimed at preventing them joining street gangs.

But he wants to trace pensioner Maureen to tell her what he’s doing with the money.

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“All I know is her first name, that she had been out shopping with her sister in Poplar,” Josh added. “She was knocked down in the street by a drunk or drug-addict who legged it afterwards, leaving her badly hurt—but thankfully Maureen wasn’t robbed.”

Josh thinks Maureen lives in the area, as the check she sent to his home in Poplar’s Balfron Tower came from a bank branch in Canary Wharf.

“I wasn’t expecting anything,” he said. “But I want to show Maureen what I’ve done with her kind gift and how it’s helping youngsters in the East End.”

White-haired Maureen was wearing a dark mauve coat at the time of the incident on the corner by Newby Place at about 8pm on January 22—it was a Thursday, Josh remembers.

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