A gunman tried to force his way into a Hampton home in broad daylight.

The homeowner and a friend – both women in their 40s – were inside a house in Uxbridge Road when they heard a persistent knock on the door on November 3.

Assuming it would just be delivery, the friend of the homeowner answered the door and was met with the barrel of a gun.

She said: "I looked down because I was expecting him to have a parcel and I just saw the barrel of a gun in his right hand. I instantly started screaming and pushing at the door."

Together the women managed to force the door closed and stop the man from entering - fortunately they weren’t injured and no shots were fired.

They then called the police at around 1pm. The man had since fled on foot, down the driveway towards Hampton Hill High Street.

The traumatised homeowner said: "I will not answer the door to anyone anymore. My chain is on constantly - I have never ever lived like this in my life."

She believes that she saw the man earlier in the day walking past her house.

The suspect is described as a black man, aged between 20 and 30, 6ft 3ins tall, of slim build, wearing black skinny jeans, a black t-shirt, black jacket and a black beanie hat.

Detectives investigating the case believe the suspect may have been trying to target another address and fled after realising he was at the wrong property.

Detective Constable Mike Svensson of the Met's Flying Squad who leads the investigation said: "This is an unusual and shocking incident where two women were forced to stop a man armed with a gun entering a house in the middle of the day. It is unclear why this property was targeted, and this forms part of our ongoing investigation.

"The victims have been left terrified and I would urge anyone with information about this incident to get in touch as soon as possible."

No arrests have been made and officers from Richmond and the Met's Flying Squad continue to investigate.

If you were in the Hampton Hill area on Friday, November 3, and remember seeing this man or have any other information (no matter how small) you should call the Flying Squad on 020 8785 8655 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.