Wolverhampton police talk to Free Radio about their murder inquiry
Police in Wolverhampton have launched a murder inquiry following the death of a pensioner who collapsed after thieves got into her house on Friday afternoon pretending to be from the water board.
Hester Mottershead, aged 90, from Saxonfields in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton answered her door to three men posing as water board officials in the early afternoon. They searched her home for valuables for approximately half an hour before leaving the address.
Ms Mottershead, who lived on her own, called police at 2.32pm and they arrived within minutes. The pensioner collapsed a short time later and was taken to hospital where she sadly died on Saturday morning. A post mortem will take place in due course to determine the cause of death.
Superintendant Mark Payne from Wolverhampton Police has spoken to Free Radio Reporter Tom Stokes:
The offenders are described as three men in their late teens to early 20s, all wearing blue clothing which were possibly work overalls.
Forensic specialists are carrying out extensive examinations of the scene and house to house enquiries are being conducted in the local area. Enquiries continue to determine whether anything was taken from the address.
Detective Inspector Andy Hawkins, leading the investigation, said: “We believe the offenders searched the whole house which would have taken at least half an hour, we are appealing for anyone who may have seen three people acting suspiciously in the area or the wider Tettenhall area during yesterday afternoon to contact us with information.
“Ms Mottershead’s relatives will be supported by specialist family liaison officers and our thoughts are with them at this time.”
Local police are advising residents to be on their guard against bogus callers – keep a door chain on or check through a window first before answering the door, ask for identification of the caller and contact the company to clarify that the caller is who they say they are.
DI Hawkins continued by giving the following advice: “Bogus callers sometimes work in pairs. Beware of one distracting you while the other steals your property. The best practice is not to let them in. If you have any suspicions at all, don”t let them in.
“If you”re still not happy, phone the police and tell them what”s happened. And tell your neighbours.”
Anyone with information can contact Wolverhampton Police or Force CID on 101 alternatively information can be given anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
For more information on how you guard against bogus caller visit: http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/saferhomes/distraction_burglary/index.htm