Murder probe after pensioner found dead in Thamesmead

Police have begun a murder inquiry following the death of a 76-year-old woman in south-east London.

Officers were called to an address in Newacres Road, Thamesmead, on Sunday evening following reports that a person had collapsed.

The ambulance service was called but the woman, who is yet to be named, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are investigating whether the woman died during a burglary. No arrests have been made.

A post-mortem examination is expected to take place on Tuesday.

'Matter of discomfort'

Det Ch Insp Graeme Gwyn said the pensioner was found in the ground-floor flat where she lived.

He said: "We are keeping an open mind at this point in time but one line of inquiry is that this lady's death took place during a burglary.

"We are still not sure how long the woman had been there and are waiting for the pathologist to give us more details after a post mortem.

"There are no suspects at this stage of the investigation, so we are keen to hear from anyone who may have known the victim or have any information about this incident."

Neighbours said the woman lived on her own in a bungalow for people with disabilities.

A local resident said: "People around here are shocked because she was a well-known elderly and vulnerable person living on her own in sheltered accommodation.

"It is going to be a matter of discomfort for a lot of neighbours."

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