Pensioner in her 80s dies after two masked robbers ‘break into her bungalow and knock her to the ground before stealing handbag and purse’ – as police launch murder probe
- Woman died in hospital after she was found by neighbours in Pakefield, Suffolk
- Suffolk Police said masked robbers stole her handbag and purse
A pensioner in the 80s has died after masked robbers burst into her seaside bungalow, police have said.
The elderly woman was found by worried neighbours lying on the floor of her home in the tiny village of Grayson Avenue in Pakefield, Suffolk early on Saturday, before she died in hospital yesterday.
Suffolk Police, who have launched a murder investigation, said two masked men forced entry into her home and knocked her to the ground before stealing her handbag and purse.
The woman’s handbag was later found less than half a mile away, but the purse is still missing.
The elderly woman was found by worried neighbours lying on the floor of her home in the tiny village of Grayson Avenue in Pakefield, Suffolk early on Saturday
Suffolk Police said two masked men forced entry into her home and knocked her to the ground before stealing her handbag and purse
Officers were called to her home at just after 1.50pm on Saturday. It is believed the woman was confronted in the night between the evening of March 24 and early the next morning.
Concerned neighbours discovered her, worried they had not seen her that day. They found her conscious but in a life threatening condition and she was taken to James Paget Hospital for treatment.
Her house was a short walk from the popular Pakefield cliffs, part of Suffolk’s dramatic coastline where luxury properties have been swept away by erosion. No arrests have yet been made.
Detective Chief Inspector Mathew Connick, of the joint major investigations team, said: ‘This is a very serious incident following which a woman has sadly lost her life. The investigation to establish the full circumstances surrounding the offence continues, as do inquiries to establish the cause of death.
The woman died in James Paget Hospital on Monday morning, police said
‘The family are being supported by specially trained police officers as part of the investigation.
‘Local residents should expect to see an increased police presence over the next few days while inquiries take place, while additional officers will also be in the area to provide reassurance to the local community.
‘Whilst searches and house-to-house inquiries take place, we are keen to speak to anyone who finds a purse or who saw suspicious activity in the area late on Friday and into Saturday morning and anyone living in the area that has CCTV or doorbell cameras.’
Detectives are also asking motorists with dashcams who were driving between 6pm on March 24 and 7am on March 25 near the B1532, London Road, south Lowestoft, to contact police.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the major investigation team here.
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