The Metropolitan Police have released a photo of a woman they would like to speak to in relation to a “cowardly and shameful” attack on an 80-year-old woman at her home on Shardeloes Road.
The police said the pensioner was home alone when she answered a knock at the door. A man then forced his way past the victim, causing her to hit her head against furniture, sustaining a head injury.
While the elderly woman lay injured on the floor, the suspect rifled through her handbag and stole her purse before running away.
Within 10 minutes of the incident, the victim’s bank card had been used fraudulently four times in three shops on Lewisham Way, racking up a bill of £94.
Detective Constable Bethany Russell, the investigating officer from the South East Command Unit, said: “Understandably, the woman has been left shaken and distressed after this incredibly violating incident.”
The victim is now recovering from her injuries and the incident.
Detective Russell went on to say: “I want to find those who are responsible, not only to help put this victim’s mind at ease, but also to ensure that they don’t target anyone else.”
The Metropolitan Police urges anyone who recognises the pictured woman to contact them as a priority on: 101 (Reference CAD 4005/04OCT), or email or tweet @MetCC.
To remain completely anonymous they also urge the public to contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.