Surrey woman, 69, attacked by knifeman on doorstep

A 69-year-old Surrey woman was "ambushed" on her doorstep by a robber who pushed her over and slashed her with a knife, police have said.

Officers said the victim had returned home to a property in The Meads, Shottermill, at 1800 BST on Monday.

When she opened her front door, she was pushed from behind and fell into the hallway, hitting her head on a cupboard.

The robber slashed her on the arm and caused a puncture wound to her stomach.

He then grabbed her handbag and ran through the house and into her back garden.

'Nasty assault'

The woman was taken to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford where she was treated for minor injuries.

Her handbag was later found by officers searching the area. The robber had stolen about £50 in cash and some prescribed medication.

The suspect is described as a man in his 40s of broad build. He had "dirty black collar-length hair and a gruff voice", police said.

He was wearing a brown jacket, blue jeans and had a stud earring in his left ear.

Det Con Dave Pellatt, of Surrey Police, said: "This was a nasty assault on an elderly woman who was effectively ambushed on her doorstep."

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