POLICE are hunting a burglar who attacked a mum-of-three when she tried to stop him stealing from her home.
Patricia Kaleem, 49, was kicked and hit by the thief who snuck into her house on Wolseley Terrace, off Battinson Lane in Halifax, in the early hours of Saturday.
Woken by the noise he was making in her living room, Mrs Kaleem went downstairs and saw he had her laptop under his arm and handbag in his hands.
“I thought ‘My God, he is a robber’, she said.
“There was a very important receipt in the bag and I’d just had my passport photos done so I tried to get the bag back.”
Mrs Kaleem grabbed the handbag and struggled with the thief, who kicked her and hit her across her thigh and stomach.
“Then I stopped myself because I realised he could have a knife or a gun,” she said.
The thief ran off with the laptop and bag.
Mrs Kaleem has three sons who live abroad and is due to move out of Wolseley Terrace in the next few weeks.
Most of her belongings were packed up when the break-in happened.
“It was horrible,” she said.
Detectives are appealing for anyone with information about the burglary at 12.20am on Saturday to get in touch.
The suspect is described as Asian, aged 29 or 30, slim, 5ft 4ins tall with a long face and pointed nose.
He was wearing a white prayer hat, blue thigh-length coat, yellow top, light blue jeans and trainers.
Anyone who can help with the police’s investigation should call Calderdale CID on 0845 6060606 or CrimeStoppers, where information can be passed on anonymously, on 0800 555111.