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Update: Tribute to elderly woman who died following violent burglary in Woking

12 Jul, 2018 15:07 News Witness Appeals

Updated: 14/7/2018, 15:45

The son of Joyce Burgess, who died following a burglary at her home in Woking, has paid tribute to her.

Mrs Burgess, aged 84, passed away in hospital in the early hours of Tuesday (July 10) following a burglary at her home in Loop Road at approximately 5.30pm on Saturday (July 7).

Joyce Burgess’ son Iain said in a statement:

“My mother was a very kind and friendly woman. She was a sweet old lady who would do anything for anybody.

“She loved going out and about on her mobility scooter down to the shops, she also loved her ballroom dancing at a local club, she used to go out and do that a couple of times a week.

“She loved her travelling and has been to most parts of the world and has done some amazing things. It was only a few years ago that she went around the Monte Carlo race track in a Ferrari.

“She went to Switzerland too and went up to the top of the highest mountain, despite being told not to by a doctor because of the thin air. She walked out over the glass walkway over the Grand Canyon – she was game for anything. That’s how I will remember her.

“I would like to appeal for anybody who knows anything about what happened to come forward and help the investigation. I just cannot get over how someone can do what they did to a defenceless woman.”

Background

  • Officers are appealing for witnesses to any suspicious activity in the area between 5.15pm and 6pm.
  • The man entered her home via her front door engaging her in conversation and asked for a glass of water. A struggle then ensued as he stole Mrs Burgess’ handbag. Mrs Burgess suffered injuries to her arms, chest and face during the attack.
  • He left the area in a white vehicle heading towards Vicarage Road.
  • A post mortem completed on Wednesday (July 11) revealed the cause of death due to coronary and valvular heart disease, bronchial pneumonia and emphysema.
The man has been described as:
  • White
  • Of a slim build
  • Around 5ft 8 to 6ft tall
  • Light brown hair in a curtains-style.
  • He was clean shaven and spoke with an English accent.
Anyone with any information should contact Surrey Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) or use report.police.uk and quote the reference number PR/45180072321.

Alternatively please call the independent charity Crimestoppers which can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. They do not ask for any details and are independent of the police.

 

Updated: 12/7/2018, 15:00

Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses following the death of an elderly woman who was the victim of a violent burglary in Woking on Saturday (July 7).

Joyce Burgess, aged 84, was attacked by a man who entered her home in Loop Road at 5.30pm. She passed away in hospital in the early hours of Tuesday (July 10).

A post mortem completed yesterday (July 11) revealed the cause of death due to coronary and valvular heart disease, bronchial pneumonia and emphysema.

The man entered her home via her front door engaging her in conversation and asked for a glass of water. A struggle then ensued as he stole Mrs Burgess’ handbag. Mrs Burgess suffered injuries to her arms, chest and face during the attack.
He left the area in a white vehicle heading towards Vicarage Road.

Officers are currently conducting a number of enquiries in the area and are appealing for anyone who may have seen the incident or saw anything suspicious between 5.15pm and 6pm in the area, or has any information about the man.

The man has been described as:
•             White
•             Of a slim build
•             Around 5ft 8 to 6ft tall
•             Light brown hair in a curtains-style.
•             He was clean shaven and spoke with an English accent.

Superintendent Graham Barnett said:

“This was a violent attack of an elderly lady in her own home. A Post Mortem examination will be conducted to establish the cause of death.  Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this difficult time.

“We do not underestimate the impact this has caused on the community in Westfield and have had and will continue to have officers patrolling the area to speak to anyone who has concerns. They will also be available to offer crime prevention advice and reassurance.

“Since this happened on Saturday we have been carrying out a number of enquiries to find the person responsible. We are taking this extremely seriously. If anyone has any information about what happened, or any potential information about the person responsible to get in touch with us immediately.

“Mrs Burgess’ death has come a huge shock to her family and friends as, although she suffered serious injuries, she was showing positive signs of recovery and was talking in hospital.

“We believe she may have been targeted by an opportunistic burglar who took advantage of her front door being open. He got away with her handbag which contained personal items and a small amount of cash.

“The investigation is now being supported by the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team and it is being treated as an unexplained death at this time and until we receive the post mortem results. We are fully committed to finding the person responsible for this despicable crime.”

Anyone with any information should contact Surrey Police on 101 (999 in an emergency) or use report.police.uk and quote the reference number PR/45180072321.

Alternatively please call the independent charity Crimestoppers which can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.
They do not ask for any details and are independent of the police.

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