robbers held down a chronically sick Leeds war veteran and robbed him of his life savings.
Hugh ‘Jock’ Pollock, 86, felled a raider with two cracks from his walking stick at his flat in Holbeck.
Jock, who has lung disease, asthma and angina, was watching TV at 2.45pm on Sunday when two men burst in through his unlocked front door and grabbed him, calling him by his name.
“One got me from behind and pulled me against the settee back, while the other man took my two wallets containing my £930 and bank card from top pocket,” said Jock, an Argyll and Sutherland Highlander infantryman who suffered shrapnel wounds as he fought in France and Germany during the Second World War.
“It was all over in a few seconds,” said Jock.
“But as they left I grabbed one of my walking sticks and managed to whack one of them twice and he went down before his mate helped him up and they ran out.”
The pensione, who raised the alarm himself, said: “It’s no good me getting upset and annoyed, but those men were just cowards and parasites,” .
His stepdaughter Pat Hawkshaw said: “I am absolutely disgusted, if I had got my hands on them I would be in prison now.”
Detectives hope local people will provide information to catch the robbers. Acting Det Insp Grant Stead, of City and Holbeck CID, said: “This was a shocking offence and I am convinced the answer lies within the local community. I urge anyone who saw two men visiting Mr Pollock’s address on Sunday, or anyone with information which can assist us to call us on 00845 606 0606 as soon as possible.”
Jock lost his life-long partner six years ago and is cared for by family and neighbours. He has lived in Leeds since 1945 and until his retirement was the foreman in the packaging department at WH Smith and Sons in Leeds..
One robber was a dark skinned European aged 35 to 40 of average height and build with black greasy hair and chin stubble. He wore a dark hooded top. The other was of a similar appearance and dressed the same, but taller and more thickset.