Elderly woman attacked during violent burglary

15:31 21 January 2013

A woman in her 80s was left seriously injured after burglars tricked their way into her house in Pinner.

The pensioner was pushed and dragged around her home in Cuckoo Hill before being thrown to the kitchen floor.

Police said a man and two children knocked on her door at around 6pm on January 12 claiming that their pet rabbit had escaped into her garden.

A second man then appeared and forced his way into the house. She was then attacked.

The assailant then searched the house and stole her handbag. The victim was later taken to hospital after suffering extensive injuries to her head and body.

The attacker is described as Asian, aged in his mid 20s and around 5ft 10ins tall with a proportionate build.

He wore a dark heavy knit woolly hat and a pale grey or cream coloured scarf. He also wore a dark bomber jacket and dark cotton jogging bottoms with trainers.

The two children are described as being possibly Asian, aged around 8 to 10 years old, 4ft 10ins tall, with stocky builds and round faces. They were wearing dark coloured jackets.

The man with them is described as also being Asian, aged around 18-20yrs old, 5ft 7ins tall, thin build wearing a dark woolly hat and a distinctive light coloured heavy knit sweater like a cricket jumper and dark trousers.

Police also want to speak to two men with similar descriptions seen canvassing the area on January 11 claiming to be from Macmillan Nursing.

Detective Constable Paul Matthews said: “I understand that there were passing motorists at the time and there may have even been pedestrians who may have seen something.

“I would also urge local residents to be vigilant and look out for a black Tula handbag that may have been discarded in the area. If you have any information no matter how insignificant, then please contact us.”

Anyone with any information should call DC Matthews on 0208 246 1445 / 1583 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Two men in their 20s have been arrested in connection with the incident and bailed pending further enquiries.

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