A woman who was attacked in Hillingdon and left with “severe injuries” to her face has taken the brave step of releasing an image of her face to highlight the level of violence used.
Philippa May, 43, was walking along St John’s Road in Uxbridge 31st October – the evening of Halloween – when she was attacked at around 7.30pm.
She turned into an alley on St John’s Road that leads to Culvert Lane when a man came up behind her and attacked her then stole her rucksack.
Her bag and two iPhone 5s phones remain missing. “One has a transparent apple green cover and then other with a black Griffin Survivor rubber case,” police said.
“The suspect is described as a male who was wearing a hooded top and gloves.”
And DC Reda Imane of Hillingdon CID said: “Philippa has taken the brave step of releasing an image which shows the extent of her injuries and highlight the excessive violence used by her attacker.
“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 remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.