Great-grandmother punched in brutal robbery

73 year-old Pauline Gardiner, of Leyburn Avenue in Bispham, was on her doorstep after returning home when she was attacked by a robber who punched her to the ground and stole her handbag.'Pauline showing her facial injuries.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-3-2013
73 year-old Pauline Gardiner, of Leyburn Avenue in Bispham, was on her doorstep after returning home when she was attacked by a robber who punched her to the ground and stole her handbag.'Pauline showing her facial injuries. PIC BY ROB LOCK'27-3-2013
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A “MONSTER” punched a great-grandmother in the face before robbing her in a savage attack on her own doorstep.

The vicious assault has now left pensioner Pauline Gardiner terrified of being left alone in her home on Leyburn Avenue, Bispham.

Widow Mrs Gardiner, 73, was trying to open the door to her house after returning home from dinner with her son.

The robber punched Mrs Gardiner in the face, knocking her glasses off and sending her tumbling to the floor of her porch, before making off with £400 she had withdrawn earlier that day to pay for her month’s rent.

Today she has of her horrific ordeal, which took place at around 10.20pm on Wednesday, in the hope our readers will help catch the thug.

She said: “I had a bit of double vision at the time but I’m OK now, I’m just bruised.

“I’m shook up and it’s been stinging like mad. I’m frightened to death of being left on my own.”

It is thought the robber then made off with the cash after he was startled by Mrs Gardiner’s three dogs.

The description she has given is of a 15 or 16-year-old male, around five feet five in height, who was wearing a grey top.

Her daughter Catherine McIntyre, 45, from Cavendish Road, St Annes, has appealed to Gazette readers to come forward with information about the robber.

She said: “This is just the lowest of the low. If you could help us catch this monster then all the better.”

Anyone with information about the attack should contact police on 101.

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