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POLICE are hunting a callous and cowardly attacker who left this elderly woman bruised and battered.

Officers released this photograph yesterday in a bid to track down the assailant.

The attacker tried to steal the pensioner’s handbag in Bentley Street, Stamford, between 9.30pm and 10pm on Thursday last week.

But the woman, whose name has not been released, refused to let go of her bag, and in the struggle, fell to the ground, injuring her face. The thug then ran away empty-handed.

Insp Mike Burnett said: “She has a nasty black eye and we are very keen to get more information about what happened.”

“She heard a group of youths laughing shortly before she was attacked. I would like them to come forward if they have any information about the attacker.

The woman was walking home from St Augustine’s Church when the attack happened.

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting incident number 227 of May 18.