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Romford murder: Woman, 85, found beaten to death at home in east London

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 16/05/2018 Fiona Simpson

a car parked in front of a house © Provided by Independent Print Limited A murder probe has been launched after an 85-year-old woman was found beaten to death at her home in east London.

The pensioner, who lived alone, was found dead by a handyman working at her home in Romford on Tuesday morning.

Police and paramedics rushed to the address in Ashmour Gardens around 11.30am but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Scotland Yard have launched a murder investigation over the “despicable, cowardly” attack.

Detective Inspector Paul Considine who is leading the investigation said: “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. She was discovered by a handyman working at the address.

“We suspect the incident to have occurred between 7.30am and 11.30am on May 15.

“I want to ask anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious to call police immediately; did you hear anyone in distress or notice someone in the area who may have looked out of place? Even a fragment of information is beneficial to our investigation. It is imperative that we find those responsible for this horrendous offence.”

The victim has not yet been formally identified but next of kin have been informed, police said.

A post-mortem examination is set to take place on Thursday.

No arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 3734 quoting reference 2714 of 15 May.

Alternatively call 101, tweet @MetCC, or contact Crimestoppers anomously via 0800 555 111.


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