Hammer horror for Sunderland woman

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A WOMAN was targeted by a hammer-wielding masked man as she sat in her car.

The 34-year-old was in the driver’s side of the parked car in Colchester Terrace, Barnes, Sunderland, at 1am yesterday when a man approached the vehicle.

The thug, who had his face covered, hit the passenger side window with a hammer, opened the door and demanded money.

Police said the woman, who screamed, managed to get out of the car and run to safety, raising the alarm at a nearby house and leaving the man empty-handed.

The victim was not injured but was left shaken.

Officers investigating the incident are treating the attack as an attempted robbery and are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.

Northumbria Police can be contacted on tel. 03456 043 043 extension 69191 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.