A MOTHER bravely battled back against thieves who raided her home.
The 32-year-old was in the house on Victory Avenue in Paddock with her three-year- old child when she opened the back door to let the dog in at 6.10pm on Tuesday.
She noticed three masked men against the house wall.
One hit her in the face, grabbed her by the scruff of the neck and pushed her into the kitchen.
The other men also went in the house and the woman was threatened with a large knife.
They demanded money, but when she said she had none, two of the intruders went upstairs and started to search.
When she continued to protest she had nothing, the knifeman punched her in the face and grabbed her mobile phone.
But she managed to reach another phone in the house and rang 999.
The man told his accomplices what she had done and all three began to flee.
The woman managed to kick a door against one of the thieves and she was punched again.
She grappled with one of the intruders until she was shoved to the floor and a dining-room chair was thrown at her.
The gang then escaped, but had stolen jewellery.
The victim suffered bruises, a swollen cheek and a cut lip.
Pc Dave McSweeney, of Huddersfield police, said: "This was a nasty ordeal for the victim, who bravely fought back and showed a lot of courage.
"We would like to speak to anyone who saw these three men hanging around before the burglary or escaping afterwards.
"Did anyone see them get into a car?" he added.
One was white, in his late 20s, 5ft 8in tall and slim. He wore a white nylon hooded sports top and a blue and white balaclava.
Another was African- Caribbean, aged about 30, 5ft 8in and stocky. He wore a black padded jacket with the collar pulled up round his face.
The third was a white man who wore a black balaclava and a dark jacket.
Anyone with information should phone Huddersfield CID's robbery team on 01484 436582 or Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.