Pensioner’s death being investigated as murder after violent robbery

Detectives are offering a £50,000 reward for information after an elderly woman has died following a violent robbery in February.

Eileen Blane, 87, was in her home on Castleton Avenue, Stretford when a man forced his way into the house.

The incident happened at about 3pm on Friday 3 February 2017.

The intruder knocked her to the floor and hit her with an unknown object while demanding cash and jewellery.

After forcibly stealing her wedding ring, he ransacked upstairs whilst Eileen managed to bravely escape and alert neighbours.

Eileen was treated by paramedics at the scene for bruises over her face and head.

Her health deteriorated and was taken to hospital on Tuesday 7 February.

This was when it was discovered she had sustained a number of broken ribs and internal injuries.

She returned home after being discharged but never returned to full health and was sadly found dead on Saturday 1 April.

No arrests have been made in connection with the robbery.

However, a £50,000 reward for information that leads to a successful conviction is now being offered.

The offender is described as:

  • White
  • About 5ft 8ins
  • Slim build
  • Wearing a dark coloured jacket with hood covering his face

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Eales, GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “This was a disgusting attack on an elderly woman in her own home.

“It’s possible that the offender may have told somebody about the robbery or even approached local businesses in an attempt to sell Eileen’s stolen items.”

“If you have any information, no matter how big or small you think it may be, I would urge you to please contact police immediately.”

Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 9283 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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