A WOMAN needed hospital treatment for head and facial injuries after she was attacked by a man who then stole her car.

It is believed the culprit may have an injury to his hand as the woman fought back by biting him.

Police are hunting the attacker following the incident in Venn Close, Cotford St Luke, just after 9.30pm last night (Thursday).

The car, a black Renault Clio, was found a short while later in nearby Dene Road crashed and abandoned.

Officers, who have recovered the vehicle and carried out forensic examinations of the scene of the attack, have conducted house-to-house enquiries.

Police say the victim, who is in her 30s, is now recovering with family members.

She has described the man as wearing a hat with his face covered.

DI Lorett Spierenburg said: "This is a most unusual occurrence for this quiet village.

"Uniformed officers are targeting their patrols in the area to give some reassurance and will be supporting detectives investigating this incident.

"We’re working hard to identify the man responsible.

"I’d ask anyone with information which could help us to get in touch.

"We’re especially keen to hear from anyone who saw the car crash, or noticed anyone behaving suspiciously in the area of Venn Close, Burge Crescent or Dene Road."

If you can help, contact officers online or by calling 101, quoting reference 5219007033.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800-555111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.