OAP Dead Months After Hamilton Home Raid

10 November 2016, 19:26

An elderly woman has died in hospital more than two months after she was injured in a robbery at her home.

The 86-year-old woman was left on the floor of her house overnight after being attacked by a thief in what was described as ``despicable'' act.

She was found by her son when he arrived to visit her on the morning of Sunday September 4, the day after the robbery in Townhill Road, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire.

She was taken to Hairmyres Hospital in East Kilbride where she remained until her death on Friday November 4.

Police Scotland said it is not known if the death is connected to the robbery and ``further inquiry is required''.

Officers are currently treating the death as unexplained.

In the days after the robbery, police said the 86-year-old had been unable to get up from the floor or call for help after a man forced his way into her home at about 7pm on the Saturday and assaulted her.

The man, who is thought to be in his 50s or 60s and was wearing a dark hooded top and trousers, also stole a three-figure sum of cash.

Detective Chief Inspector Raymond Brown said: "Extensive inquiries are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the robbery. At this time it is unknown if the lady's death is connected to the robbery and further inquiry is required.

"It is essential that anyone with any information about the robbery comes forward to help establish the full circumstances. I would ask members of the public who were in the area of Townhill Road on Saturday September 3, to please cast their minds back and think about whether they saw anything at all suspicious.

"No matter how insignificant you think your information may be, let us decide that. What you tell us could prove vital to our investigation and help provide answers for this lady's family.

``Anyone with any information can contact officers at Hamilton Police Office via 101 or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.''