Police want to speak to man in connection with attack on 89-year-old in Greetland

Police are appealing for information
Police are appealing for information

Police want to speak to a man in connection with a vicious attack on an 89-year-old in Greetland on Friday night.

The incident happened between 6.40 and 6.50pm when the victim, who walks with a zimmer frame, had been dropped off by a taxi outside his house on Rochdale Road.

As the victim, who was just returning from work, walked up his drive carrying a small bag, he was approached from behind, pushed to the floor and then hit in the face by a tall male.

The attacker left the scene with a small amount of cash.

The victim was taken to hospital and is now recovering having suffered deep cuts to his face and deep bruising elsewhere on his body.

Detective Sergeant Ross Wadsworth of Calderdale CID, said: “This was a particularly appalling attack against a hard working, elderly gentleman. I am appealing directly to anyone who witnessed the incident or saw anyone or any vehicles being driven suspiciously in the area between 6pm and 7pm on Friday to come forward. The incident happened close to the Nisa store.

“The level of violence used against the victim was particularly vicious and completely unnecessary against a man who needs a zimmer frame to help him get around. It might be that the attacker had blood stained clothing on when he returned home so if you suspect someone you know please come forward and help us catch the person responsible.”

Det Sgt Wadsworth today (Monday) said that police want to speak to a man who was selling sponges and dusters, door-to-door, on Clay House Street between 5.30pm and 5.45pm. The man, who is described as white, tall and wearing dark clothing, aroused suspicion with residents as he was trying to sell items, but didn’t actually have any stock on him.

Anyone with information can contact Calderdale CID on 101.