A shocking photo showing the bloodied and battered face of a robbery victim has been released by police in a bid to catch the culprit.
The 50-year-old woman was left badly beaten after being attacked in her home between 2.30pm and 4.30pm, on Wednesday.
The victim was left with multiple injuries, including a broken nose and jaw, during the assault at a property in Old Road, in the village of Walgrave, near Northampton.
Items of jewellery were taken, including a pair of ruby earrings, and a silver watch.
Detectives are keen to speak to a man, seen in the village at about 2pm, who may have been knocking on doors asking questions or for directions.
He is described as black, around 6ft 2in, of small build and was wearing a fluorescent jacked.
Detective Inspector Johnny Campbell said: “This is an absolutely shocking crime where the victim appears to have been viciously attacked during a robbery.
“She has suffered horrific injuries that will take her a considerable amount of time to recover from.
“I am really keen to identify this man who was in the area at the time and I would urge anyone who knows who he may be to contact us.
“I would also urge people who live in the area or may have been passing and could either have seen something or caught some on their CCTV or dash cams, to contact us straight away.”
Anyone with information can contact Northamptonshire Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.