MP’s wife kicked in face and robbed outside family home

Craig and Elaine Whittaker

Craig and Elaine Whittaker

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A YORKSHIRE MP has spoken of his shock after his wife was kicked several times in the face and robbed outside the family home.

Elaine Whittaker, the wife of Conservative Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker, suffered cuts and bruises to her face and hand and a suspected broken toe when a man in a balaclava attacked her in Fixby, Huddersfield.

She had just driven onto the drive outside the family home when the hooded man pounced.

The thief made off with her engagement ring and her car, a white Audi Q3.

Mrs Whittaker, 58, was knocked to the ground as the thief grabbed her handbag.

The assault happened on Tuesday at 9.35pm.

Mr Whittaker, who was in London at the time, described the attack as “horrendous” and said his wife was very shaken.

Although she suffered cuts and bruises to her face and hand, Mr Whittaker said the physical injuries were not too serious.

He told the Yorkshire Post: “Physically she is OK but emotionally she is just a wreck.

“She spent a few hours in A&E and has been recovering at home for the last couple of days. Physically, her face is a mess and she has a broken toe from being dragged around. Her teeth went through her lips and her hand is badly bruised.”

Mr Whittaker praised West Yorkshire Police for their work on the case so far. The Audi has been recovered in Liversedge, West Yorkshire, and is being examined for forensic clues.

A police spokesman 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 3 carat white diamond ring on white gold and is of high value.

“He grabbed her handbag, which was around her arm, and pulled at it with such force that the victim fell to the floor.

“The attacker demanded her car keys and kicked the victim several times to the face before grabbing the keys from the floor.

“He then got into the victim’s white Audi Q3 motor vehicle and drove away in the car, still in possession of the ring.”

The attacker is Asian, about 5ft 10in and stocky. He is thought to be between 30 and 40. 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.

andrew.robinson1@ypn.co.uk

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