Police have launched a murder investigation in Milton Keynes after a woman in her sixties died less than 2 weeks after being robbed.

The victim had previously been robbed at around 6pm on January 31st. She was at her house in Orne Gardens, Bolbeck Park, when a man knocked on her front door.

She closed the door on him and said she was alone. Later in the day, the man knocked on the door again, the victim opened the door and six men rushed passed her. The victim was knocked to the floor and one of the men held her down with a hand over her mouth.

The other men then searched the property and stole cash and jewellery. The men then left running down Orne Gardens to Lacy Drive.

The offender who came to the door is white, 6ft2, of a large build, with a wide face, and wearing a baby blue sweater with a high neck and jeans. He was also wearing fingerless gloves.

The other men were white, with their faces covered. All were wearing dark tops and jogging bottoms or jeans.
Officers attended the scene to respond to the incident.

While providing a statement to police officers the following day (01/02), the victim became unwell and was taken to Milton Keynes University Hospital where she was admitted. She remained in hospital until Saturday (11/02) where sadly she died.

A Home Office Post-Mortem examination took place yesterday (16/02) and, as a result, a murder investigation has been launched. The victim’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by a Family Liaison Officer. Formal identification is yet to take place.

DI Andy Shearwood said, “Detectives are working to establish the circumstances leading up to how the victim died. I would like to appeal for the public’s help – did you see anything suspicious between the hours of 4pm and 8pm on Tuesday 31 January in Orne Gardens or the surrounding area of Bolbeck Park?

“I would like to appeal to anyone in the community who noticed anyone acting suspiciously, who saw anything out of the ordinary or any vehicles you did not recognise, to contact police. It is believed there are likely to have been between four and six men ‘cold calling’ on doors in the area.”

Superintendent Gez Chiariello, Local Police Area Commander for Milton Keynes, said, “I appreciate incidents of this nature can be concerning and upsetting for people in the community. People locally may notice an increased police presence in the area and anyone who has any concerns, or any information, can approach and speak to an officer. You can also raise any concerns by calling our non-emergency number 101.”

People who may have any information that could assist the investigation can do so by calling the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 1201 31/1.

Those who do not want to speak directly to the police can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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