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First look at Romford murder scene where 85-year-old woman was killed

PUBLISHED: 14:45 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:38 16 May 2018

Police at the scene in Ashmour Gardens, Romford. Photo: Archant

Police at the scene in Ashmour Gardens, Romford. Photo: Archant

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First pictures from the scene of the murder investigation in Romford have shown a police tent outside of a house and forensics teams leaving the premises.

Police at the scene in Ashmour Gardens, Romford. Photo: ArchantPolice at the scene in Ashmour Gardens, Romford. Photo: Archant

Earlier today (Wednesday, May 16) police launched an investigation after an 85-year-old woman who lived alone was found dead in her Romford home with serious injuries.

Police officers were called to Ashmour Gardens just after 11.30am yesterday (Tuesday, May 15) to reports of a woman found dead in her home.

Police at the scene in Ashmour Gardens, Romford. Photo: ArchantPolice at the scene in Ashmour Gardens, Romford. Photo: Archant

Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended.

The woman, aged 86, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police at the scene in Ashmour Gardens, Romford. Photo: ArchantPolice at the scene in Ashmour Gardens, Romford. Photo: Archant

Her next-of-kin have been informed.

There have been no arrests.

Police at the scene in Ashmour Gardens, Romford. Photo: ArchantPolice at the scene in Ashmour Gardens, Romford. Photo: Archant

Det Insp Paul Considine, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command unit, is leading the investigation.

He 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 07.30am and 11:30am on 15 May.

Police searching the area around Ashmour Gardens after an 85-year-old woman was murdered in Romford. Photo: ArchantPolice searching the area around Ashmour Gardens after an 85-year-old woman was murdered in Romford. Photo: Archant

“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.”

Police searching the area around Ashmour Gardens after an 85-year-old woman was murdered in Romford. Photo: ArchantPolice searching the area around Ashmour Gardens after an 85-year-old woman was murdered in Romford. Photo: Archant

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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