Tyne & Wear

Hexham murder victim died of head injuries

Judith Richardson
Image caption Judith Richardson had suffered a "brutal attack"

A 77-year-old woman whose body was found at her Northumberland home died as a result of head injuries, a post-mortem examination has revealed.

Officers had called at Judith Richardson's home on St Wilfrid's Road, Hexham on Friday, following the find of her handbag in Newcastle city centre.

Miss Richardson had suffered what police described as "a brutal attack".

A murder investigation is under way, with detectives examining CCTV footage from Hexham and Newcastle.

Det Ch Insp Paul Young, of Northumbria Police, said: "We want to speak to anyone who may have taken a bus or train from the Hexham area on Friday afternoon and witnessed anything unusual.

"We are also keen to speak to any taxi drivers in the area who may have noticed anything or made a journey from Hexham to Newcastle on Friday."

The family of Miss Richardson said in a statement: "This has been a devastating loss and we are all in a state of shock.

"Judith was a wonderful person and we all loved her dearly."

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