Detectives have released CCTV images after a "shameful attack" saw a 80-year-old pensioner violently robbed inside her own home in Lewisham.

The victim was pushed to the floor as she opened her front door on Friday, October 2, before a man rifled through her things and took off.

The Met Police have now released a CCTV image of a woman they want to trace, as they believe she may be able to help the investigation.

The 80-year-old victim was home alone in Shardeloes Road, SE14, when she heard a knock at the door.

As she answered, a man "forced his way into the room and pushed the victim" as he made his way into the house.

The pensioner was thrown back and banged her head against some furniture, sustaining a head injury.

While she lay injured on the floor, the man rifled through her handbag and stole her purse before fleeing the home.

Within ten minutes, the victim’s stolen bank card had been used four times in three shops in Lewisham Way, racking up a bill of £94.

The 80-year-old is now recovering from the incident, but detective Constable Bethany Russell said she had "understandably been left shaken and distressed after this incredibly violating incident."

The investigating officer from the South East Command Unit said: “This was a cowardly, shameful attack and I want to find those who are responsible, not only to help put this victim’s mind at ease, but also to ensure that they don’t target anyone else.

“We have released a CCTV image of a woman we would like to speak to in connection with the incident and urge anyone who recognises her to contact us as a priority.”

Those with information are asked to call 101 ref CAD 4005/04OCT, or email or tweet @MetCC, or to remain 100% anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.