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31st Mar 2023

Two boys, aged 14 and 15, arrested on suspicion of murder after death of woman, 82, in robbery

Steve Hopkins

Joy Middleditch died in hospital on Monday

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of an 82-year-old woman.

The pensioner, Joy Middleditch, died in hospital after a robbery at her home in Pakefield, Suffolk, on Saturday.

The arrested boys, aged 14 and 15, have been taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Suffolk Police said officers were called to Joy’s address just after 1.50pm, to “reports that an elderly woman had been found lying on the floor in her home in Grayson Avenue following a robbery”.

Police believe the robbery occurred “during the hours of darkness at some point between the evening of Friday 24 March and early Saturday morning, 25 March”.

Joy was found conscious but in a serious condition and was taken to James Paget Hospital for treatment, but died early on Monday.

A post-mortem was carried out Monday, but the cause of death is yet to be determined.

Any witnesses or anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the Major Investigation Team, preferably using the online portal here or by calling 101 quoting reference 37/17537/23.

Alternatively, people can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form:

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