A DISABLED pensioner was floored by a masked robber in a violent afternoon attack.
Pub owner Peter Pogson, aged 72 and who uses sticks to walk, came out of his Red Lion pub in Stainland and was making his way to his car when he was attacked and forced to the ground by a man wearing a mask or balaclava.
The robber then stole the week's taking, described as a `substantial' amount of cash, which Mr Pogson was going to deposit in the bank.
The masked man then fled up Stainland Road and turned right towards the Sowood area.
The pub owner's son Carl Pogson said his father was shocked by the attack and said: "My dad's 72-years old, but he still thinks he's 22.
"This has really knocked him. He was very shocked and distressed.
"It's not the sort of thing you expect to happen in broad daylight on a busy road."
Carl, a milkman, added: "We want the person who did this to my father to be brought to justice and to be sent to prison. Someone out there knows who did this and they know it's not right to attack and rob an old man.
"They should come forward and tell the police.
"The person who did this needs to be behind bars or they could do it again."
Calderdale CID's Mark McManus said: "We are eager to talk to anyone who was in the area at about 3.10pm on Friday afternoon.
"This was a planned attack.
"They may have seen someone waiting in a car or loitering around the area waiting for Mr Pogson to leave the pub.
"It was also school leaving time.
"The man ran away up the road and towards Sowood. Did anyone see a man taking off a mask or a balaclava off?
"We would urge anyone with information to come forward."
Police have issued a description of the robber.
He was a white male, 5ft 4in, with a thin build and was wearing a dark jacket and jeans.
If you have any information contact Calderdale CID on 01422 337085.