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Hester Mottershead murder inquiry: Tettenhall residents stopped

Hester Mottershead
Image caption Ms Mottershead was a former head teacher at Bilston Girls High and Wolverhampton Girls High

Police investigating the death of a former headmistress in Wolverhampton are to revisit the scene of the crime a week after she was burgled.

Hester Mottershead, 90, of Saxonfields, Tettenhall, collapsed after three men posing as water board officials searched her home on Friday 17 August.

Police started a murder inquiry on the basis "the stress she was placed under may well have impacted on her health".

Officers will stop passers-by and motorists in Saxonfields later.

Ms Mottershead, also known as Estella, called police but collapsed a short time later and was taken to hospital, where she died following a suspected stroke on Saturday.

Boiler suits

She had answered her door to the three men early in the afternoon. They talked their way inside and searched her home for valuables for about half an hour.

Ms Mottershead was not assaulted during the burglary.

The Crimestoppers charity has offered a £5,000 reward for information which leads to a conviction of those responsible.

Det Ch Insp Caroline Marsh, from West Midlands Police, said: "We'll be on Saxonfields throughout [the] afternoon, as well as the surrounding area, speaking to passers-by and asking them if they can recall seeing anything suspicious in the area last Friday."

The burglars have been described as in their late teens to early 20s and wearing blue or black clothing, possibly work overalls or boiler suits.

Ms Mottershead, who lived alone, was a former head teacher at Bilston Girls High and Wolverhampton Girls High schools.

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