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Woman punched to the ground in her own home by bogus charity collector

Credit: Hampshire Police

A woman was left badly bruised after being attacked in her own home by a man claiming to be a charity collector.

Lillian Martin, 50, was punched in the mouth and left unconscious for a brief time after answering her door in Abbey Road, Basingstoke on Wednesday, September 23 to a bogus caller.

The man claimed he was collecting for a children's charity.

As Ms Martin did not see any identification or documents to authenticate the charity, she declined the man's invitation and tried to shut the door.

She was knocked to the floor by a punch but was able to kick the door shut before losing consciousness.

It is believed she hit her head as she fell, causing a large bump to the left side of her head. She also received swelling and bruising to her left eye, cuts to her mouth and severe swelling and bruising to her chin, jaw and mouth.

This was a nasty and unprovoked attack which has left the victim in a great deal of discomfort. She was targeted in her own home which has left her feeling very shaken and distressed.

– PC Michaela Gaimster, Hampshire Police

The man police want to speak to is described as:

  • White
  • aged in his mid 20
  • stocky build
  • short dark hair
  • clean shaven
  • wearing a navy jumper and blue jeans.