An axe wielding man smashed through a woman's window late at night.

At around 10.50pm on June 22, a woman in her 30s was jolted awake when she heard the glass in her High Road, Leyton property smashing.

A man armed with an axe climbed through the window and into the victim's bedroom, demanding her mobile phone, bank cards and other valuables.

He then left through the window.

Officers were called at 10.55pm and carried out a search of the property and surrounding area.

On Monday, 25 June, the victim contacted officers and told them that her contactless cards had been used in a local fast food restaurant, a supermarket and to enter a tube station.

Officers attended these locations and retrieved the CCTV.

Both CCTV from the supermarket and fast food restaurant showed the suspect at the times the victim's cards were used.

He is described as a light skinned black male of slim to medium build.

He was wearing a light coloured rucksack over a grey, plain polo shirt and grey jeans. He had a dark short cropped goatee style beard and dark cropped hair.

The male had on thick dark rimmed glasses with a pair of sunglasses on top of his head.

Detective Constable Mark Crouchman, from Waltham Forest CID, said: "We have an excellent CCTV still of the man we want to speak to in connection with this aggravated burglary.

"Someone out there will definitely know his name; where he may work or where he lives - if you do, please contact us immediately."

Anyone with any information is asked to call 0203 276 0972 or 101 quote 9523/22Jun.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.