A GRANDMOTHER suffered bleeding on the brain after being attacked in her own home by a man pretending to be policeman.
The intruder even threatened to cut off 80-year-old Joan Ufton’s hands if she refused to hand over her jewellery.
The horrific attack took place on January 2 and left the grandmother with a broken nose among other injuries.
Joan has lived in her home in Derby for 18 years and was home alone knitting when someone began repeatedly knocking on her door asking to be let into the property.
She used her intercom system to see who was there but the attacker had covered both his face and the camera.
However, he told the pensioner that he was a police officer who had been sent to check up on her.
She chose not to open the door and returned to her knitting.
Moments later, the man forced his way into the property before launching a violent attack.
The assailant hit Joan in the face, sending her flying across the room.
The impact caused horrific facial injuries.
He then dragged her across the floor into her bedroom where he demanded money.
Speaking to the Derby Telegraph, Joan said: “I went to my intercom system where I can see who is buzzing and I noticed this person had covered his face and had put a card in front of where the camera is.
“I was very suspicious because I wondered who would be calling for me at this time of night.
“He said he was the police and said my family had asked him to come and visit to see if I was OK.
“I told him I was fine and ignored it.
“I sat down and carried on knitting again but then he called again and again. Then all of a sudden I heard a massive smash.
“He burst into my home and had his face covered, all I could see was his eyes.
“He said ‘give me your money now, give it me’.
“I told him I didn’t have any but he noticed I had five gold rings on.
“He said ‘get those rings off now else I’ll cut your hands off’.”
She added that the attacker screamed and shouted at her, swearing and issuing more threats.
He made off with £230 of her pension money, dozens of cigarettes and even pennies she had been collecting.
Recalling the events, Joan said she was left feeling “absolutely terrified.”
She said: “It was totally out of the blue. I feel scared by the whole situation. I don’t know who is hanging around my house.
“I have been struggling to see properly since. It’s been a nightmare.
“I was taken to hospital and they said I had a minor bleed on the brain, a fractured nose and really bad bruising."
Joan added: “The bruising is coming and more and more and it looks terrible.
“I feel sick that this has happened to me. I cannot believe I have ended up with a face like this.”
A spokeswoman for Derbyshire police confirmed that a man had been charged with theft, aggravated burglary and wounding with intent.
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