Kent

CCTV released after Staplehurst attack on Jean Thomas

CCTV image of a man inside the Total garage in Staplehurst
Image caption Police believe the man may have information about the attack

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they believe may have information about an attack on a 78-year-old Kent pensioner in her own home.

Jean Thomas, of Staplehurst, was repeatedly punched in the face during the break-in at her in property in Hallwards, Staplehurst, two months ago.

She was asleep in her bedroom when intruders burst in and demanded money.

Kent Police said they wanted to trace a man who stopped for petrol at a Total garage in Cranbrook Road that evening.

Det Con Adam Denny said: "We are very keen to speak with the man pictured as he may have seen or heard something that could help us further our investigation and trace the suspects."

Local property developer Fergus Wilson has offered a £10,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of Mrs Thomas' attackers.

She was left with serious facial injuries after the attempted robbery.

No arrests have yet been made.

The reward has been offered on the basis of information leading to the conviction of those responsible.

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