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Police name woman, 85, found dead after assault

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Police have named the victim as Rosina Coleman © Openmedia Police have named the victim as Rosina Coleman

Police have named the 85-year-old woman found dead at her home after a "cowardly assault" as Rosina Coleman.

A murder investigation has been launched after the woman was pronounced dead on Tuesday morning.

An 85-year-old woman has been found dead at her home after suffering serious injuries in a "cowardly assault", police have said. - sky rushes © Other An 85-year-old woman has been found dead at her home after suffering serious injuries in a "cowardly assault", police have said. - sky rushes

In a statement, police said: "Although we await formal identification, we are confident that the deceased is Rosina Coleman, who was 85 and from Romford."

Officers were called to an address in Ashmour Gardens in Romford, on the border of east London and Essex.

An 85-year-old woman has been found dead at her home after suffering serious injuries in a "cowardly assault", police have said. - sky rushes © Other An 85-year-old woman has been found dead at her home after suffering serious injuries in a "cowardly assault", police have said. - sky rushes

She was discovered by a handyman working at the property.

"This is a despicable incident in which the victim, an elderly lady who lived alone, had been subjected to a cowardly assault that left her with serious injuries," Detective Paul Considine said.

Police officers searching drains in Ashmour Gardens, Romford © PA Police officers searching drains in Ashmour Gardens, Romford

The attack is suspected to have taken place between 7.30am and 11.30am on 15 May, and police have appealed for information from anyone who may have seen anything unusual at the time.

There have so far been no arrests, and a post-mortem is due to be held on 17 May.

An 85-year-old woman has been found dead at her home after suffering serious injuries in a "cowardly assault", police have said. - sky rushes © Other An 85-year-old woman has been found dead at her home after suffering serious injuries in a "cowardly assault", police have said. - sky rushes

"Even a fragment of information is beneficial to our investigation," Mr Considine said.

"It is imperative that we find those responsible for this horrendous offence."

The victim's next of kin have been informed.

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