Police have renewed their appeal for witnesses to a horrific attack on the wife of a Calderdale MP.
Elaine Whittaker, wife of Tory Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker, was attacked by a masked man outside the couple’s Fixby home. She was kicked in the face and her car and engagement ring were stolen.
The assault happened on Tuesday December 17 at 9.35pm when a man wearing a balaclava approached the 58-year-old.
A police spokesperson said: “The attacker confronted the female whilst wearing a balaclava and demanded her engagement ring. She removed the ring, held it out and the attacker snatched it from her hand.
“The stolen ring is a three carat white diamond ring on white gold and is of high value.”
He then grabbed her handbag with such force that she fell to the floor and the man demanded her car keys.
The attacker kicked her several times in the face before grabbing the keys from the floor and making off in the white Audi Q3.
Mr Whittaker felt it was inappropriate to comment while police investigations are ongoing but said: “Elaine is incredibly shaken, but thankfully not too badly hurt.”
The couple were married in The Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, at the Palace of Westminster, London, in 2011.
Police are now appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information about the attack.
The male is described as Asian, around 5’ 10” tall and of stocky build. He is believed to be aged 30 to 40 years.
He wore a black jacket which appeared to have grey material around the bottom. The balaclava was black and had small eye and mouth holes.
If you have any information about this incident please contact DC 4188 Peter Usher, Huddersfield CID 01484 436665 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111