Bar boss in knife ordeal

Scene of robbery, Rastrick Ale House, Crowtrees Lane, Rastrick
Scene of robbery, Rastrick Ale House, Crowtrees Lane, Rastrick

A MAN held at knife-point during a robbery at a Rastrick pub has spoken of his ordeal.

Ross Brinkworth, co-owner at Rastrick Ale House, was cashing up on Tuesday evening when he was confronted by two men. They escaped with around £800.

The 26-year-old said his last customer came in at around 10pm and stayed for roughly an hour.

“After that I was tidying up and doing some cleaning when I heard the door open. I looked up and two guys had come in. I told them they were too late and they went to leave.

“I carried on with what I was doing when I heard a smash. One of them had smashed a glass onto the ground,” he added.

“They both said `sorry’ and as I went to clean it up I was punched and the other came up with a knife and asked me to hand over the money.”

Mr Brinkworth went to the till and put the money into the bag. He re-opened the pub yesterday afternoon but said he would be making sure he was not left alone late at night.

His business partner Mark Feasey, who also runs The Old Ship Inn, Brighouse, said it was frustrating what had happened only weeks after the pub opened. “We were just starting to get the place on its feet and something like this happens.”

Detective Inspector Ashley Hewitt, of Calderdale CID, said: “We’re appealing for anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area or saw anyone running away from the pub at around the time to get in touch by calling 01422 337085.”

One is described as white, about 5ft 7ins tall with a mohican hair cut with very short sides.

He is in his mid-20s, slightly overweight with a tribal tattoo on his left upper arm that could be seen through his T-shirt.

He had stubble on his face and was wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans with a v-pattern on the left back pocket. His hair is brown he has a local accent.

The other is described as white, about 5ft 10ins tall with short brown hair. He has a local accent and was wearing a gold ring on his right hand on an outer finger.

He was wearing a black zip-up wool jumper, light blue jeans and white trainers. He is in his 30s.

Detectives say the weather that night was stormy, but the pair were dry and not wearing any outdoor clothing so they may have been somewhere in the area before the robbery.

They escaped on foot up New Hey Road towards Huddersfield.