Police believe two 'despicable attacks' on elderly women in Sutton are linked - with one in hospital after a violent intrusion at her home.
The first incident was reported to Nottinghamshire Police just before 3.40pm when a man knocked on the door of a property in Blackwell Road before pushing the 75-year old occupant to the floor and stealing a beige handbag containing a mobile phone and bank cards from the property.
The woman, who was left shaken by the incident, was taken to hospital for treatment for the injuries she sustained to her back during the incident.
The second incident happened less than two hours later at around 5.20pm, when a 78-year old woman was forcibly pushed from behind as she walked through an alleyway between Cowpes Close and Stoneyford Road.
The push resulted in the woman falling to the floor and sustaining injuries to her hands, before the offender made-off with a handbag containing a black and pink purse, bank cards and other personal belongings.
Detectives have launched an investigation into both incidents, which they are treating as linked, and are keen to hear from anyone who saw a man in the area at the time of the incidents.
The man they are looking to identify is described as white, of slim build, aged in his 30s with short, dark hair and stubble. He is believed to have spoken with a local accent.
Detective Sergeant Rick Ellis from Nottinghamshire Police said: “These are two despicable attacks on elderly women who were targeted in broad daylight, including one woman who has been despicably and violently attacked in her own home.
“Nottinghamshire Police treats these incidents incredibly seriously and we will be working with our colleagues in the local neighbourhood policing team to offer some reassurance to the local community, as we continue our efforts to find those responsible.
“I would urge anyone with any information about these incidents, or who believes they saw the man we are looking to speak to, to call Nottinghamshire Police immediately. Thank you.”
And Ashfield district commander, Inspector Craig Hall, said: "These two incidents display despicable acts of violence on two elderly women and we understand that the community are equally as appalled by the actions of the perpetrator as we are. We ask members of the public to be vigilant and remind their elderly loved ones and neighbours not to answer the door to an unexpected caller
"We have increased patrols in Sutton and the surrounding area and the detectives investigating have a good description of the man who committed these crimes.
"The support of the local community might be crucial to helping us identify the perpetrator of this crime and we want the community to support us in our investigation."
Anyone with any information is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 616 of 13 October.