Healthcare worker punched and verbally abused in Blackheath: Police

Police are appealing for information from the public after an off-duty healthcare worker was allegedly assaulted at Blackheath on Tuesday.

Police have been told a 25-year-old Katoomba woman - who was wearing her uniform as an assistant-in-nursing - was in a takeaway shop on the Great Western Highway about 4.30pm on Tuesday, March 24, when an older woman entered the store and began deliberately coughing in her direction.

The healthcare worker was leaving the store when she was again confronted by the woman, who verbally abused her before punching her twice in the face, police allege.

The worker left the shop and immediately reported the incident to officers from Blue Mountains Police Area Command, who commenced an investigation.

Blue Mountains police have now appealed for public assistance to identify a woman they believe can assist with this inquiry.

The woman is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in her 70s, about 150cm tall with white shoulder-length hair.

At the time she was wearing beige-coloured overalls with yellow stripes, a white shirt and a silver necklace and pendant.

Police are seeking witnesses to this incident, as well as anyone who may have CCTV, phone or dashcam footage, to contact Katoomba Police Station on 4782 8199 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.