AN ELDERLY woman was attacked with a hammer in broad daylight by a man in Cleckheaton on Monday afternoon.
The 76-year-old was approached from behind and struck on the back of the head by a man who also made off with her purse.
The assault took place on the Spen Valley Greenway at about 2.20pm when the victim was passing the Tesco supermarket.
Enquiries are ongoing to trace the suspect who is described as a slim, white man, around 60 years old, wearing a woolly bobble hat and glasses.
Police have issued an e-fit image of the suspect.
The woman was taken to hospital for treatment, where she remained overnight, but her head injury is not said to be life threatening.
Police cordoned off part of the popular walking and cycling route for about five hours as investigations took place.
Coun Andrew Pinnock (Lib Dem, Cleckheaton) said: “These sort of incidents are extremely regrettable, but thankfully quite rare. However, that does make it all the more awful when they happen.
“One of the beauties of the Greenway is that it is nearly always busy. If it was an opportunist, they are taking a risk in that area, and you would hope someone would have seen something.
“If anyone can help, I would appeal to them to provide any information they can to the police, as they need the support of the community.”
Detective Inspector Mark Colman of Kirklees CID said: “Fortunately the victim was not seriously injured but this assault could easily have had far worse consequences and it is important we locate the man responsible as soon as possible.
“Anyone who can assist is asked to contact Kirklees CID on 101 referencing crime number 13170207307.”