Police have renewed an appeal for information about a vicious robbery a year ago which has left the victim in poor health to this day.

Valerie Dancer, 63, was attacked on the afternoon of November 25 last year near the underpass in Carlyon Road, Hayes, as she made her way home from visiting friends.

She was robbed of her handbag, containing a black Radley purse and a Nokia mobile phone amongst other possessions, and left with severe head injuries which she is still recovering from.

Since the attack, Mrs Dancer has been unable to walk unaided, and her husband continues to care for his wife around the clock.

An E-fit was issued shortly after the attack but no arrests were made, and the Metropolitan Police Service is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for any new information that leads to the arrest and prosecution of the attacker.

The suspect is a black teenager, wearing dark clothing, and following the attack he ran out of the underpass into Carlyon Road, possibly turning left into the path that runs along the A312 in the direction of Uxbridge Road, Hayes.

The police are keen to hear from anyone who has information regarding the robbery, the offender or the stolen property.

Detective Superintendent Charlie Cairns, the investigating officer in the case, said: “We are continuing with our investigations into this senseless and horrific attack. We are urging again for the person responsible to come forward. I appeal to the public that if anyone has any information, then please let the police know.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Hillingdon Police on 0208 246 1445. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.