These are the dreadful injuries an elderly woman suffered after being robbed in broad daylight in Weston-super-Mare.

The 88-year-old woman, who has not been named, was walking with her husband in Colonel Stephens Way on January 10 when her attacker struck, around 1.50pm.

Her attacker snatched her handbag from her arm, which caused her to fall to the ground.

The woman suffered a broken nose, fractured wrist and severe bruising as a result of the attack.

After stealing the handbag, the offender ran off down an alleyway leading to Oakford Avenue - where the bag was later found.

The pensioner's cash and bank cards were missing.

Detective Constable Matthew Stevenson, of Avon and Somerset Police, described the attack as “despicable”.

I’m sure these images will shock people who will be horrified that someone can target a vulnerable elderly woman in such a way,” he said.

Detective Constable Matthew Stevenson
The shocking injuries Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

“Did you see what happened?

“Did you see anyone running away from Colonel Stephens Way and discarding items around the time?

“Or, did you capture anything on your dashcam as you drove through the area?

“Information, no matter how insignificant you might think it is, might prove crucial to us finding whoever is responsible.”

Police are appealing for information Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and has since been released under investigation.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 101, quoting crime reference number 5219006773.