Hunt for woman after robber storms pensioner’s home in Lewisham and steals purse


Police have launched a CCTV appeal for a woman after a pensioner suffered a head injury when a robber stormed her home.

The 80-year-old female victim was home alone in Shardeloes Road, Lewisham, when a man knocked on the door and forced his way in, pushing her to the floor, Scotland Yard said.

The elderly woman banged her head on furniture and lay injured on the floor while the man rifled through her handbag, stole her purse and fled.

Within ten minutes, the pensioner’s stolen bank card had been used four times in three shops in Lewisham Way, racking up a bill of £94.

Detectives now want to trace the woman pictured above to help with their investigation.

Detective Constable Bethany Russell said: “Understandably, the woman has been left shaken and distressed after this incredibly violating incident.

“This was a cowardly, shameful attack and 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.

“We have released a CCTV image of a woman we would like to speak to in connection with the incident and urge anyone who recognises her to contact us as a priority.”