These are the terrifying injuries suffered by a 50-year-old woman who was left with a broken nose and jaw after a violent robbery.
An image of the victim’s shocking facial injuries has been released by Northamptonshire Police in a bid to catch the offender.
The incident – believed to have been a robbery – happened sometime between 2.30pm and 4.30pm on Wednesday at an address in Walgrave village, Northamptonshire.
Items of jewellery were taken which included a pair of ruby earrings and a silver watch, police confirmed.
Detectives are looking to identify a man who was in the village at around 2pm and may have been knocking on doors asking questions or for directions.
He is described as black, around 6ft 2in and with a small build. He was wearing a fluorescent jacket.
An investigation is underway to establish the full details of the robbery and police have issued advice about how to safely answer the door when you’re at home.
Detective Inspector Johnny Campbell said: "This is an absolutely shocking crime where the victim appears to have been viciously attacked during a robbery."
He added: "She has suffered horrific injuries that will take her a considerable amount of time to recover from.
"I am really keen to identify this man who was in the area at the time and I would urge anyone who knows who he may be to contact us.
"I would also urge people who live in the area or may have been passing and could either have seen something or caught some on their CCTV or dash cams, to contact us straight away."
Advice issued by Northamptonshire Police
• Make sure you can see who is at the door before you answer it. If you’re unsure, DON’T open the door
• Don’t feel pressured into opening the door. Don’t feel you are being rude, genuine callers won’t mind
• Remember that sadly not everyone is who they say they are, or may have ulterior motives, especially if they knock at your door to point out a supposed problem, such as damage to your roof
• Don’t let people you don’t know into your home, even if they say they need help. If more than one person is at the door, one may try to keep you talking while the other slips away to see what they can steal
• Set up passwords with your utility companies, genuine callers will need to recite this password to you. Always ask to see an ID card too
• Display a ‘No Cold Calling’ sticker to discourage unwanted callers.
Neighbourhood officers have been carrying out extra patrols in the area, speaking with local residents to conduct inquiries and provide reassurance.
Patrols will continue over the weekend and anyone who has any concerns, or information about the incident, is encouraged to speak with their local officers.
Anyone with information can also contact Northamptonshire Police by phone on 101.
Alternatively, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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