Catch the thug who did this

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An 89-year-old man was beaten, robbed and “left for dead” on his doorstep in what police have described as a “vicious and completely unnecessary” attack.

The shocking and brutal robbery happened on Friday (November 21) between 6.40pm and 6.50pm outside the victim’s home on Rochdale Road, Greetland.

The victim, who walks with a zimmer frame, sustained serious facial injuries in the attack - including a broken nose, bruising and cuts to his face and cheekbone and an injury to his hand- and spent three days in hospital recovering.

The man, who we have not named, said: “It was totally unnecessary to attack me. He could have pinched my bag and run off. He left me for dead at the top of my own driveway. There was absolutely no reason for it.

“If he could attack me like that I’m frightened of him attacking an old lady in the same way and maybe even killing her. They might not be as resilient as me.

“He has no conscience.”

The victim was attacked from behind by a tall man as he bent down to unlock the shutter at the front of his house. The attacker escaped with a holdall containing a small amount of cash the victim - who had been dropped off by a taxi minutes earlier having been at work - was carrying.

Beaten, shaken and without his glasses, which had been knocked off during the attack, the victim dragged himself off the floor and attempted to walk across Rochdale Road over to his daughters house on Sunnybank Road. Fortunately a couple in a car stopped and drove him up the road.

He was then rushed to hospital where he received treatment for his injuries, although there were complications in stopping the bleeding as the victim is on blood-thinning tablets.

Police said the attack would have left the attacker with blood stained clothing and urged any witnesses to come forward.

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 said 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.

Any witnesses should call Calderdale CID on 101.