Masked thugs beat and robbed a man in his own home in a frightening ordeal.
They attacked the Huddersfield businessman after bursting into his Shelley home, beating him with an iron bar.
Detectives believe it was a targeted raid and are now hunting the gang.
The victim was taken to hospital after the terrifying raid but luckily was not badly hurt.
Yesterday, police and forensic experts spent several hours at the man’s home in Penistone Road, looking for evidence.
Police believe four men were involved in the attack, which happened on Monday evening.
The men, who were all wearing balaclavas, physically attacked the 51-year-old who has not been named. It is thought they were able to walk into the man’s home at 10.50pm. They also made threats to him.
Det Insp Andy Leonard, of Huddersfield CID, is leading the investigation.
He said: “The victim suffered facial injuries in the attack and was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for treatment but he has now been discharged.
“We believe it was a targeted attack and members of the public should not be overly concerned.”
He said a significant amount of cash was stolen as well as some sporting memorabilia.
Det Insp Leonard added: “We were alerted after one of the man’s dogs was found in the road and a member of the public rescued it and went into his house, and then raised the alarm.”
Police urged anyone with information about the raid to come forward. They want to hear from anyone who was in Penistone Road, Shelley, around the time of the incident.
Two of the suspects have been described as white, in their 20s and of slim build. One was 5ft 10 inches tall, and the other was 5ft 2 inches tall. Both were wearing balaclavas.
Det Sgt Nigel Gittens added: “The male victim was not only beaten up, but violent threats were also made to him during this burglary.
“Someone must know who these suspects are and I want those individuals, or anyone with any information, to contact me on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
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