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Pontarddulais attack: Missing purse sought by police

A sign for Garnswllt Road in Pontarddulais
Image caption The elderly woman remains in hospital

Police investigating a violent attack on an elderly woman in her own home are trying to trace a purse.

The 72-year-old was found with serious head injuries at her home on Garnswllt Road, Pontarddulais, at about 08:15 GMT on Wednesday. She remains in hospital.

Officers want to trace a green and purple leather purse they believe is missing - and identify a man seen in the area at the time of the attack.

He is described as a white man wearing a hood and carrying a backpack.

Det Insp Matthew Davies said: "We are grateful to members of the public who have contacted us already, and I would urge anyone who thinks they may have information which could help to call 101.

"I would like to hear from anyone who saw a white male in his late teens or twenties in the vicinity on Wednesday morning.

"He was wearing a dark top with the hood up and was carrying what has been described as a backpack."

Image caption The pensioner was found in her home

"I am eager to locate a green and purple leather purse we believe is missing."

The detective reiterated an appeal for anyone with dashcam or doorbell footage of the area taken between 07:00 and 09:00 GMT to contact them.

"I appreciate this incident has caused concern in the local community and I would like to reassure the public that patrols have been increased and officers are doing all they can to find the person responsible."

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