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10 November 2016, 08:44
Police are hunting for a man who violently attacked a woman to steal her bag and phones in Uxbridge.
Philippa May, 43, agreed to release this photo of her injuries to highlight the excessive violence her attacker used during the ordeal.
Ms May turned into an alley off St John's Road in Uxbridge on the evening of Monday 31st October, when a hooded man ran in behind her.
He pushed her to the floor and attacked her before stealing her rucksack. She was left with severe bruising around her eye and nasty cuts on her nose.
The mugger took her black rucksack and two iPhone 5S phones - one with a transparent apple green cover and then other with a black Griffin Survivor rubber case.
The suspect is described as a male who was wearing a hooded top and gloves.
Detective Constable Reda Imane said: "Philippa was lucky she did not suffer more serious injuries but it goes without saying that her ordeal was extremely traumatic and she has yet to return to work.
"I would like to appeal to members of the public that may have been travelling home from work or who live and work in the general area to come forward with any information that could assist this investigation.
"We know that St John's Road would have been busy at that time of night. Rockingham Park has numerous dog walkers and the route number 3 bus uses St John's Road. Somebody may have seen something which could prove an invaluable piece of information to catch the person responsible."
If you have any information that could assist this enquiry please either call DC Reda Imane or DS Andy Dawson at Hillingdon CID on 07500 102 621 or 020 8246 1552 - you can also call police via the non-emergency line. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.