Pensioner from Brighouse in hospital after bag snatch

An elderly woman is in hospital today after she was knocked over by a man who snatched her handbag.

The 80-year-old answered a knock on her door at her home address in Whinney Hill Park, Brighouse, at 3.20pm yesterday.

She was asked by a man if she could change a £10 note. But when she picked up her handbag, the man grabbed the bag, knocking her to the floor.

She was taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital with a fractured hip and was kept in overnight for surgery today.

Detectives are linking the theft to a wallet snatch in the same area on Saturday, September 17.

At about 2.30pm, an 85-year-old man received a knock on his front door from a man claiming to be taking part in a charity bike ride.

But when the pensioner went into his house for his wallet, the young man grabbed the wallet and fled.

Detective Inspector Tony Nicholson, of Calderdale CID, urged residents in the area to remain vigilant.

“This was a despicable crime against a vulnerable and defenceless woman in her own home,” he said.

“I would like to reassure the local community that we will act upon any information passed to us and we ask that anyone who may have seen anything or who has any information contacts Calderdale CID on 0845 6060606 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

Neighbourhood policing team officers have been speaking to residents in the area to gather information, reassure the local community and offer crime prevention advice.

Sergeant Warren Pitman, of Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said officers were carrying out extra patrols in the local area.

“We would urge residents not to allow any cold-callers or strangers into their home until they are satisfied their call is genuine.

“If you do have a security chain, then please leave it on when you answer the door and if you feel under pressure in any way, then please call the police.

“By simply keeping your doors locked – whether or not you are in the house – you make it so much more difficult for a thief.”

Detectives are keen to trace a man who is described as being white, aged in his late teens or early 20s, 5ft 3ins to 5ft 6ins tall and slim. He has fair hair.