Police still hunting Doncaster hammer wielding robber who attacked OAP

The E-fit of the hammer attack robber.
The E-fit of the hammer attack robber.

Police hunting a hammer-wielding robber who threatened a Doncaster pensioner in her home and knocked her to the ground have issued an e-fit of the man they want to quiz.

Detectives from South Yorkshire Police are continuing their investigation into the attempted robbery of the 79-year-old woman earlier this month – and are keen to track down the man who struck two days after Valentine’s Day.

The shocking incident took place in Sprotbrough on February 16 and now police have issued a further appeal for witnesses to come forward and are hopeful the e-fit will jog memories of people who may have seen the man in the area before or after the attack.

A police spokesman said at around 2.20pm on February 16, police were called to reports of an attempted robbery at a property in Sprotbrough Road in the village.

Officers believe the elderly resident heard a knock at the door and as she went to open it she was knocked to the floor by an unknown man who was armed.

The man threatened the terrified woman with a hammer, before demanding money and jewellery from her in broad daylight.

He left the property empty handed, heading in the direction of Tennyson Avenue, Sprotbrough following the attempted raid.

The woman was not injured during the incident but was left shaken by her ordeal.

Officers have now issued an e-fit of a man they would like to trace in connection with the incident which provoked shock and anger in Sprotbrough.

They would also like to hear from anyone who many have seen a man behaving suspiciously in the area at that time.

The man is white, in his 30s, and skinny.

He is thought to have very short hair, possibly bald, and was wearing a navy jacket and grey trousers. He was carrying a hammer.

Call 101 quoting incident number 540 of 16 February, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 with information.