Mugger punches pensioner

A PENSIONER suffered a fractured eye socket when she was punched by another woman in an attempted robbery in Mangotsfield.

Police say the victim, who is in her 70s, had just visited the Mangotsfield Post Office, in Northcote Road, and was walking in Long Road when her attacker approached her from behind.

An Avon & Somerset police spokesperson said: “Money was demanded from the victim, but she did not have any.

“She was subsequently punched and pushed by the unknown woman, who then left the scene empty handed.

“The victim returned home but was later that same day taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary by a family member, where medics confirmed she had a fractured eye socket.”

Police say they are looking at CCTV to help identify the mugger, who is described as being about 6ft tall, with short brown hair.

They want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, which happened at some time between 8.45am and 9.15am on December 30.

They are also keen to hear from anyone who thinks they may have dashcam, doorbell or CCTV video footage.

Anyone who can help should call 101 or contact the police online and quote the incident reference number 5223 318 250.

The spokesperson added: “The local neighbourhood team has been made aware of the incident to help with planning their high-visibility patrols in the area.”