Raid brute left gran sprawled in the road

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THE thug who attacked a grandma in broad daylight left her sprawled in the middle of a busy Halifax road, detectives have revealed.

Officers investigating the attempted mugging of the 74-year-old woman in Gibbet Street on Monday say she was pulled over and left in the street.

They are appealing for anyone who knows who the thug is or has any information that may help their investigation to get in touch.

Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson, from Calderdale CID, said: “This offence has sickened me and the rest of the team.

“We are appealing for anyone with information to contact us.”

As reported in yesterday’s Courier, the woman, who had recently suffered a heart attack, had posted her Christmas cards and was on her way to buy gifts for her grandchildren when a man tried to grab her handbag.

He escaped empty-handed towards West View Park while the woman was helped by a bus driver.

She suffered a broken arm and was still in hospital yesterday.

The culprit is described as of medium build, between 5ft 4ins and 5ft 5ins tall and in his teens or early 20s.

He is thought to have been with another man who did not cross the road and who police do not believe was involved in the mugging.

Detectives have asked the man who was with the culprit or anyone who knows him to contact them.

They have also urged the thug to hand himself in.

Anyone who can help should call Calderdale CID via 101 or CrimeStoppers, where information can be passed on anonymously, on 0800 555111.