Two children have been arrested after an elderly man was assaulted in the street in broad daylight.
Officers were called to Newsome, in Huddersfield at 8.11am following reports that an elderly man had sustained a head injury.
A section of the street was cordoned off by officers, who remain at the scene, and a small pool of blood can be seen close to the Clarence pub.
While earlier reports suggested that the suspects could have been as young as nine, West Yorkshire Police confirmed to the Daily Star that the two males arrested were aged 13 and 14. They have been bailed pending further enquiries.
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One eyewitness told YorkshireLive that the victim was left with a "big crack in the back of his head" after being attacked by the two young males.
The elderly man was helped by a nearby resident before being rushed to hospital where it is thought he is being treated for non-serious injuries.
A spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: "The call came in at 8.11am. A male has been taken to hospital with a head injury – not thought to be serious at this time.
"Two males have been arrested and enquiries are continuing."
The victim is now understood to have been discharged from hospital.
Kirklees councillor, Andrew Cooper (Greens, Newsome), said: "Obviously it's appalling when something like this happens.
"We have to get to the bottom of what happened here and make sure it is dealt with properly. The people involved need to recognise that this is unacceptable behaviour in a civilised society.
"Occurrences like this are very rare which makes it even more shocking when they do happen."
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