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PUBLISHED: 18:28 16 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:21 12 August 2010

A 75-YEAR-OLD woman was stabbed in the face and arm by a violent robber who is believed to have targeted other women in the borough. The pensioner was attacked in Anerley Park, Penge at around 3.20pm last Monday (13) when a man approached her from behin

A 75-YEAR-OLD woman was stabbed in the face and arm by a violent robber who is believed to have targeted other women in the borough.

The pensioner was attacked in Anerley Park, Penge at around 3.20pm on Monday (July 13) when a man approached her from behind and held a blade to her throat demanding her handbag.

He then ran off into Crystal Palace Park Road towards Sydenham. The woman needed 10 stitches in her arm wound and three stitches in her face.

Police believe the man has also robbed two other women of their handbags at knifepoint.

At 2.40pm in Belvedere Road, Crystal Palace on Monday (July 13) he grabbed a 45-year-old woman, again from behind, holding a knife to her throat whilst demanding her handbag. He then escaped over a fence and the victim did not receive any injuries.

Meanwhile on June 27, at around 7.45am he barged in to a 55-year-old woman near Linden Court, Anerley Park, Penge. During a violent struggle, she was stabbed in her right hand and required 22 stitches.

The suspect is white, aged in his 30s to 50s and between 5ft7ins and 6ft tall. He is of slim build and has short mousey hair believed to be receding. He may also wear glasses.

In the incident on June 27, he wore dark trousers and a white shirt. In the July 13 attack he was wearing a light-coloured top and light-coloured trousers, possibly beige in colour. He may also have been wearing a black leather style jacket.

Police are urgently appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have information about the suspect to contact DC Dean Roberts or DS Phil Rendell at Bromley police's robbery squad on 0208 284 9969 or alternatively call Crimestoppers free and anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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