A BUSINESSMAN hurt in a raid by a knife-wielding gang at his rural home is still in hospital.

Developer John Sheard was hurt when he grappled with the balaclava- wearing thieves, who were waiting outside his Greetland house at 9.30pm last Saturday night.

He suffered a back injury when he was shoved to the ground. He is still in the Calderdale Royal Hospital in Halifax.

He and his partner, Theresa Jackson, were threatened with knives by the gang, who stole cash and jewellery.

Mr Sheard - who used to own the Old Brandy Wine pub in Luddenden Foot, Halifax, but sold it some time ago - said: "The car the thieves are thought to have escaped in was dullish red."

Anyone with information should phone Calderdale CID on 01422 337085 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.