“I have nothing but contempt for the person who terrified this older woman and committed the aggressive crime.
“To violently attack any other person is a traumatic ordeal, and I hope that the victim will be able to cope.
“This attack is another illustration of the need to provide greater protection from the police service. I am pleased to know that a man has been charged with this offence.
“It is also an important reminder of the need for individuals to do what they can to make themselves secure in their homes, and for neighbours to be vigilant for each other. Neighbourhood watch schemes, working with the police, are a proven effective measure.”