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Elderly woman injured in hammer attack

Police think the attacker may have followed the woman home after she picked up her pension in Sea Mills Photo: ITV News West Country

An 81-year-old woman is recovering in hospital after suffering head injuries in a hammer attack at her home in Bristol.

It happened yesterday lunchtime (7 April). She had just collected her pension at Sea Mills Post Office in Shirehampton Road and had walked back to her home, which is nearby.

She was attacked from behind as she unlocked the door by a man who hit her around the head a number of times with a hammer.

Police say the attack could easily have had more serious or even fatal consequences.

Detective Inspector Andy Guither from Avon & Somerset Police says the attack showed an extreme level of violence.

The woman's 45-year-old son, who was inside the house, ran to her aid and fought with the offender, also being hit with the hammer during the struggle.

The offender then ran off along Trymside.

The offender ran off along Trymside. He was wearing light baseball cap, a grey long-sleeved top and jeans Credit: ITV News West Country

Anyone with information is asked to contact Avon & Somerset Police on 101. For a full description of the man they want to interview, click here.