ESSEX Police are investigating an aggravated burglary in which a woman was assaulted.
A man forced entry to a home in Corringham Road, Stanford-le-Hope, at 10.45am on Thursday, May 17.
He grabbed the 69-year-old occupant by the throat and she banged her head during the struggle.
The suspect ran off when a neighbour was alerted.
He was described as being around 5ft 6ins tall to 5ft 7ins tall, with a tanned complexion, and wore a grey hooded top.
Officers carried out a search of the area and enquiries are ongoing to locate the suspect.
The victim was uninjured.
Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to call Grays CID on 101 quoting reference 42/68443/18.
Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org