Police are investigating the robbery of an 80-year-old man at his home in Manningham.

The pensioner is believed to have been assaulted after being followed home from a nearby newsagent. Neighbours said he lived alone.

He was found yesterday morning at his terraced house on Carlisle Place by his daughter and was last night in Bradford Royal Infirmary being treated for his injuries, which are not thought to be life-threatening.

Police said the incident was reported to them at 1.40pm yesterday but added that they were unsure when the robbery happened or how many people are suspected to have committed it.

A spokesman said they were trying to piece together information by speaking to the victim in hospital.

Locals said that the man had been followed home before being attacked, but police were unable to confirm or deny that.

The man, who is Polish, was said by neighbours to be a quiet man who kept himself to himself.

A shopkeeper at Bhatti Newsagents, a five-minute walk from the victim’s house, said: “He comes in every day and buys a Daily Mail.

“He is a very quiet man, but very nice. He doesn’t say much apart from asking for the paper.

“It is terrible what has happened, anything like this is absolutely terrible. He is a really nice gentleman.”

One neighbour on Carlisle Place said: “He keeps himself to himself. We say hello but he doesn’t say much otherwise. We speak to his daughter when she is around.”

Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said her son heard some noise coming from the man’s home, but that he didn’t think it was anything untoward.

Another knew nothing of the incident but said: “It is very sad, an old man being attacked in his own home.”

Any witnesses, or anyone with any information, is asked to contact Bradford South CID on 101.