POLICE are appealing for information following a shocking assault on an elderly man on the Spen Valley Greenway in Liversedge.
The attack, which left the 74-year-old with broken ribs, happened on Thursday January 31 between 4.45pm and 5pm on the Greenway near to Wormald Street and Melbourne Street.
The victim was walking along the Greenway with his dog. Two males on bicycles approached in the opposite direction and a verbal altercation took place.
According to the man's wife, who didn't want to be named, the dog had walked towards the two suspects who were sat on a banking and started sniffing at their bikes.
She said the pair started swearing at her husband and when he walked away he was hit from behind. They pushed him to the floor and repeatedly kicked him before fleeing the scene on their bikes.
The victim went to Dewsbury District hospital but has since been discharged and is recovering at home.
Inspector Dorian James, of Batley and Spen NPT, said: “This was an incredibly distressing incident for the gentleman involved. He is now recovering at home from his injuries.
“Since the incident, officers have conducted house-to-house enquiries as well as examining CCTV in and around the area. This is being treated as a serious incident and my colleagues from CID are investigating the matter to identify the perpetrators.
“I would like to encourage members of the public who were in that area on the day of the incident to come forward to the police with any information which may assist with our enquiries. I know there will be someone in the local community who has key information that will help us find those responsible.”
The suspects are described as Asian males, wearing dark clothing.
Anyone who witnessed this incident, or has any information is asked to contact the police via 101 quoting crime reference number 13190056987 or information can be passed to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.