Manhunt for ‘cowardly’ thug who robbed 85-year-old woman in Southall home

Police are hunting a “cowardly” thug who brutally robbed an 85-year-old partially blind woman in her own home.

The great-grandmother was alone in her family home in Southall, west London, when she answered the door to two men.

The men pushed past her, throwing her to the floor.

Shocking CCTV footage shows her helplessly lying in a hallway as the men rip the jewellery from her fingers and ears.


Police want to speak to this man (Met Police)

They then drag her along the floor into the living room, where police said they told her they had a knife.

The men fled after stealing around £300 in cash and a quantity of jewellery.


The elderly woman was dragged along the ground by the men (Met Police)

Detective Constable Nicholas Strachan, of Ealing police, said: “This was a cowardly and wicked attack on a defenceless woman in the home she has lived in for more than 40 years.

“We ask anyone who recognises the man wanted in connection with this incident to contact us.”


The thugs also ripped off her jewellery (Met Police)

After the incident, which happened on October 7, 2015, 22-year-old Ashan Ali, of Commonwealth Avenue in Hayes, was arrested and is currently serving nine years in prison having plead guilty to this and a string of other robbery offences.

However, the other suspect has not been caught.

The suspect is described as an Asian male aged 18-25. He was a Punjabi speaker and wore a scarf that partially covered his face. He is around 6ft tall, of slim build with a large nose and sharp eyebrows.

Anyone with information should contact police via 101, or alternatively they can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or tweet @MetCC.

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