An 88-year-old pensioner was attacked in her own home by a cruel thug who went on to steal her cash, bank cards and keys. 

Police are appealing for information following the 'despicable' incident, which took place at a house in Windsor Crescent in Paisley at around 6.25pm on Thursday 

It's thought the man entered the house and assaulted the elderly woman before robbing her of a three-figure sum of cash, her bank cards, and house keys.

Although not needing hospital treatment, the woman was left badly shaken as a result of the incident.

Police are hunting the man responsible, who is described as being aged between 30 to 40-years-old, 5ft4inches tall, medium build and with short, cropped red hair.

At the time of the incident he was wearing a brown jacket.

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Detective Inspector Robert Bowie of Paisley Police Station said: “Although officers have carried out a number of enquiries in the area, we have not yet traced the man responsible for this despicable crime, and I am again asking the public to think back in case they remember something that will assist our enquiries.

“My officers are continuing to study CCTV footage from in and around Windsor Crescent. I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area, or who recognises the description of the suspect as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone with information should contact officers via 101, quoting reference number 3048 of Thursday, November 14.

Alternatively please contact Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.