A MANHUNT was under way last night for a thug who knocked a pensioner to the ground while she was on her way to buy Christmas gifts for her grandchildren.
The 74-year-old, who recently had a heart attack, suffered a broken arm in the attack in Gibbet Street, Halifax. Detectives are urging the attacker – who tried to snatch the woman’s bag – to hand himself in. Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson said: “We believe someone out there knows who committed this crime.
“Please let us know who they are. And if you are the perpertrator, show some common decency and hand yourself in.”
The woman had just been to the post office to send her Christmas cards and was on her way to buy presents when a youth crossed over the road towards her.
He tried to steal her handbag, knocking her over. He then escaped empty-handed towards West View Park while the woman was helped by a bus driver who was driving past.
The police say the culprit was with another youth who did not cross the road. They do not believe he was involved in the mugging and are appealing for him to get in touch to help their investigation.
The suspect is described as of medium build, between 5ft 4ins and 5ft 5ins tall and in his teens or early 20s.
Detectives are trawling CCTV as part of their inquiries in to the attack at 10am yesterday, and want to hear from anyone who can help.
Anyone with information should call Calderdale CID on 01422 337085 or Crimestoppers, where information can be passed anonymously, on 0800 555111.