Robbers punch woman during Banstead carjacking

A woman has been pulled out of her vehicle and punched in the head in a carjacking in Surrey.

Police said one of the two robbers displayed "gratuitous violence" in the attack on the 38-year-old woman.

Officers believe the incident in Banstead was "unplanned", with the robbers needing transport home.

The woman was pushed to the ground before the suspects drove off in her car on Tuesday. The victim was not seriously injured.

Police believe the suspects might have carried out other offences.

Faces covered

Det Con Tracy Maclean, of Surrey Police, said: "I believe this was an unplanned robbery perhaps providing the suspects with the means to get home."

"The first suspect displayed gratuitous violence towards the victim which is why it is so important we identify him and remove him from the streets.

"I do not believe this was the first time the duo have carried out this offence but with your help we can ensure it is their last."

The woman was sitting in her parked car with the engine running preparing to drive off when suspects opened her door and pulled her out.

When she tried to get back inside the car, she was punched in the head and pushed to the ground.

Both men wore hooded tops with bandanas covering their faces and drove off towards Harbourfield Road after the attack.

Det Con Maclean said officers searched for the stolen black Volkswagen Polo, registration AC58EWO, but it has not been found.

Police want to speak to anyone who saw the men in the Sandersfield Road area, or anyone who has seen the car being driven around since Tuesday.

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