An investigation has been launched after a disabed mother of two woman claimed her carer launched a vicious assault on her and issued threats against her family.

Andrea Bowes-Adolfess, of Hamilton Road, Thornton Heath, claims the carer, provided by agency Supreme Care Services, pinned her to the wall by her throat, punched her in the face and tried to drag her down a flight of stairs during the incident on April 17.

The 50-year-old suffers from complex regional pain syndrome and must use a wheelchair after being hit by a van in July 2008.

She said the assault happened just after 8am as her carer helped her into her clothes.

She was taken to Croydon University Hospital with bruising to her head and body and was later discharged.

A spokesman for the police confirmed a counter allegation had been launched against Miss Bowes Adolfess.

He said: "We can confirm that we have received two allegations of assault between two women at an address in Hamilton Road, Thornton Heath, on April 17.

"Officers from CID are investigating the incident and enquiries are ongoing at this stage."

He said no arrests had been made.

Ian Thomas Supreme’s operations manager said Miss Bowes-Adolfess had been moved to a new care provider and it was investigating the incident.

A spokesman for Croydon Council, who contract Supreme Care Services, said: "We take all such allegations very seriously and are investigating a complaint about an external care provider.

"Until the investigation is complete it is not appropriate to make further comment on this particular case."