AN ELDERLY man who was robbed of his pension money at knifepoint in his own home has vowed to bounce back from the terrifying ordeal which left him needing hospital treatment.
Jack Taylor, 88, told the Free Press that he was still trying to come to terms with what happened to him at his home on Sewerby Road last Wednesday afternoon.
“I just keep thinking about what he did, how cruel anybody can be to do anything like he did,” said Mr Taylor, who is hard of hearing and partially sighted.
Mr Taylor, who served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, had just returned home from shopping at around 3.45pm when a stranger followed him into his house and demanded his money before throwing him on to the kitchen floor.
“He said ‘I want your money’. He got my wallet which had about £180 in it. I’d just got my pension a couple of days before,” said Mr Taylor, who has lived in Bridlington all his life.
And before a stunned Mr Taylor could make sense of what had just happened, the intruder turned back and kicked him in the chest while he was on the floor.
He said: “I’m still feeling a bit rough and sore. It was a bit of a shock. He kicked me when I was down.
“He walked to the door, came back and kicked me as hard as he could.
“He ran up to me and kicked me in the chest. I couldn’t move really for about five or 10 minutes,” added Mr Taylor, who lives with his son Chris.
Twenty minutes later Chris returned home to find his dad nursing a bloody arm.
“He showed me his arm and said ‘something bad has happened,” said Chris, who called an ambulance.
“It makes you wonder how somebody could be so nasty to an old fella that’s already down,” Chris added.
Police and paramedics were on the scene within minutes and Mr Taylor was treated at Scarborough Hospital, where he needed stitches for a cut arm.
But Mr Taylor, who is still bruised and has a bandaged arm, has vowed to recover from his ordeal and is determined to continue living in the property which has been his home for around 50 years.
He said: “This probably wouldn’t have happened if I was a bit younger and stronger. I will get over this.”
Chris said everyone in the neighbourhood was being extra vigilant while the robber remains at large.
“It’s frightened the hell out of a lot of people, especially women and old folks. Until this fella is caught who know what will happen,” said Chris.
But Sgt Emma Heatley, of Bridlington police, the officer in charge of the case, has reassured the public that the attacker will be caught – and in the meantime residents should keep their windows and doors shut.
“A number of witnesses have come forward in relation to this investigation and I feel it is only a matter of time before we identify the suspect who committed this crime on a vulnerable victim,” said Sgt Heatley.
“I would urge that the individual who is responsible for this offence hands themselves in at the earliest opportunity.
“Incidents of this nature are rare in the Bridlington area and I would like to reassure the local community that local officers are doing all they can to trace the offender and bring them to justice.”
The intruder has been described as white, around 5ft 8in tall, of stocky build with fair hair and wearing a brown jacket and white trainers.
Anyone with information about this incident should call Humberside Police on 101 quoting log number 509 of Wednesday May 30.