A grandfather was attacked in front of his granddaughter in Wolverhampton, police said today as they launched an appeal to find the perpetrator.
The 53-year-old got off a bus and was walking along Wolverhampton Road with his five-year-old granddaughter near to the entrance to Hobgate Road flats.
A man then ran up to him and punched him several times which knocked him to the floor, before taking jewellery from him and running off.
The man suffered a fractured shin, a fractured thumb and heavy bruising to his face during the attack.
The robbery happened at around 3.30pm on Wednesday 8 January and officers are appealing for anyone who can help their investigation to come forward.
Detective Constable Mike Sanders, from Wolverhampton CID, said: "This was a completely despicable and cowardly attack against a main in the street and in front of his young granddaughter.
"The man was minding his own business and has ended up needing surgery and spent several days in hospital.
"Behaviour like this is completely unacceptable and we need to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed what happened.
"If you have any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, please come forward as soon as possible."
Anyone with any information should contact DC Sanders in Wolverhampton CID on 101 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.