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4 June 2010, 10:07 | Updated: 4 June 2010, 10:13
A 90 year-old woman has been punched in the face by a teenager who knocked on her door in the middle of the night.
It happened at around midnight on Thursday (3rd June) at her home in Ripple near Deal.
The teenage boy asked for food or money and when she said she didn't have any, he punched her in the face and ran off towards Chapel Lane.
He's been described as:
Although the lady was not seriously hurt, we've been told she's been left badly shaken by what happened.
Dover District Commander, Chief Inspector Ken Elmes said: "No doubt everybody will share my shock and anger at what has happened to this lady, but thankfully incidents of this nature are extremely rare.
"Assaults will not be tolerated and my officers have already started an investigation, including carrying out house to house enquiries to try and identify the offender.
"It is extremely important that this individual is found as quickly as possible, so I would urge anyone with information about his identity, or anyone with any information at all to call Detective Constable Leigh Woolnough on 01303 289220.
“My neighbourhood officers will also be making a number of enquiries and would like to hear from anyone who may have private CCTV that shows anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time.
“They are also available to advise residents on home safety issues such as using a door chain and keeping doors and windows secure.”
If you live in the area and have any concerns about this incident you may contact your neighbourhood officer PC Karen Robson on 07772 226050.
If you have information but wish to remain anonymous call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.