Police are appealing for the help after an 81-year-old Bristol woman was attacked with a hammer in a robbery minutes after returning home from collecting her pension in Sea Mills.
The victim collected her pension at Sea Mills Post Office in Shirehampton Road at just before 1pm today, before walking back to her home, which is close by.
As she arrived and unlocked the door, she was attacked from behind by a man who struck her several times around the head with a hammer.
Her 45-year-old son, who was inside the house, ran to her aid and fought with the offender, also being hit with the hammer during the struggle.
The offender then ran off along Trymside. He is described as white, 25 to 29 years old, of medium build, around 5ft 8in to 5ft 9in, with a bit of stubble on his face. He was wearing a light-coloured baseball cap, a grey long-sleeved top and jeans.
Investigating officer Det Con Andy Jones said: “This was an horrific attack on an elderly woman who was arriving home after collecting her pension.
“We believe the offender may have followed the woman from the Post Office back to her home.
“She suffered nasty head injuries and although she is recovering in hospital this attack could easily have had more serious or even fatal consequences.
“I am asking the public to think about whether they saw anyone hanging around the Post Office in Sea Mills around lunchtime, or who may have seen a man following an elderly lady in the Sea Mills area.
“If you recognise the description of the offender, or have any information which could help us catch the person responsible, please call us as soon as possible.”
If you can help, please call Det Con Andy Jones via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101.
Alternatively if you want to remain anonymous, please call the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.