A BUSINESSMAN was injured when he grappled with an armed gang who burst into his home.

Pub owner John Sheard had just returned to his home on Hoults Lane in Greetland when the three-strong gang struck at 9.30pm on Saturday.

His partner Theresa Jackson, who owns the Jackson Flower Company on Huddersfield Road in Halifax, was inside at the time.

Det Insp John Mountain, of Calderdale CID, said: "As he was letting himself in he was confronted by the men who pushed him to the floor.

"His partner was already at home and one of the suspects threatened her with a knife and demanded to know where they kept their valuables."

During the initial struggle Mr Sheard suffered a back injury and was taken to Calderdale Royal Hospital yesterday.

He was later released with severe bruising to the spine.

Both were threatened during a 15 minute ordeal before the gang escaped with cash and jewellery.

Mr Sheard owns the Old Brandy Wine pub at Station Road in Luddenden Foot, Halifax.

The three raiders all wore balaclavas.

They drove off in a silver or grey hatchback car with K or F registration plates.

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