POLICE are searching for two teenage girls who robbed a pensioner at Farnborough after punching and kicking her to the ground.

Their vicious assault left the 75-year-old woman requiring hospital treatment for a suspected fractured right shoulder, and cuts and bruises to her legs.

Detective Constable Steve Mellish, of Aldershot CID, said yesterday (Wednesday): "This was a despicable attack on an elderly and defenceless woman.

"I would appeal to anyone who has any information relating to this assault to contact us immediately."

Witnesses should contact Aldershot CID on 0845 045 45 45.

He described the pensioner as being made of "stern stuff", and despite being in a state of shock had been able to provide detailed descriptions of her attackers.

Both girls were white and aged about 18. One was 5ft 6in tall with dark brown hair and of thin build. She was wearing a beige knee length coat with a fur collar.

The other girl was 5ft 2in tall with black hair. She was wearing a navy blue jacket and skirt.

The callous pair struck in Reading Road, Farnborough, at about 6pm on Monday shortly after the pensioner had left a local shop.

They approached her on the pretext of wanting to know the way to the post office.

As she started to point them in the right direction, they laid into her and snatched her handbag which contained £15 in cash and her door keys. They ran off in the direction of the A325.

The pensioner, who was left lying in agony on the pavement, was taken by ambulance to Frimley Park Hospital. She later returned to her warden controlled flat where she is being cared for by the staff and her family, who live nearby.