Kind-hearted police officers have collected money to help a North Paddington pensioner who was attacked by a callous robber.
The 88-year-old, who has lived in Lydford Road for 64 years, was brutally attacked in Walterton Road moments after collecting her pension from the post office at around 9.30am on Thursday.
A thug came up behind her and grabbed the black shopping bag she was carrying, which caused her to fall over and hit her head. The attacker, a young black man, ran off with the bag containing £200 in cash, her pension card and house keys.
A passerby found the pensioner lying on the floor with blood pouring from her eye, and she was taken to St Mary's hospital in Praed Street, Paddington, for further tests.
Officers at the Paddington Green police station, in Edgware Road, Paddington, raised £426 through a whip-round, which will be given to the elderly woman.
Inspector Paula Light said: "This was a vicious attack on a defenceless, elderly lady. If any member of the public witnessed the incident, or has information on the suspect, we would ask them to call us on 020 7321 8296, or if they wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."