Police are hunting a robber who left an 87-year-old with horrific injuries after breaking into her home.
The great-grandmother, who has not been named, was forced to crawl to a neighbour’s house for help after the cruel raider disconnected her phone line.
The thug forced the victim out of her bed at around 6.30am on Monday (29/1) and took her round the home in Sutton Coldfield, West Mids., demanding valuables.
The man eventually made off with jewellery and other precious items – including a rare commemorative coin from Sierra Leone.
Horrible injuries show the pensioner with dark bruises to her legs and arms following the attack.
Detective Constable Laura Halpin, of West Midlands Police, said: “This was a brutal and heartless attack on this lady and we are absolutely determined to catch the person responsible.
“Our teams are carrying out extensive house to house, reviewing CCTV in the local area and conducting foot patrols.
“Forensics and other specialist teams have been gathering evidence from the address too, but we need the local community to get on board.
“Share our appeal and contact us with information.
“I’d urge people who may know who is responsible to look at the injuries of this lady and do the right thing – get in touch with us.
“Any information you have, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is could be vital to our investigation.”
The thief is described as being white, around 5ft 8ins tall, aged between 18 and 25, and slim.
At the time of the offence, he was wearing dark clothing and a baseball hat with an orange rim.