First picture of pensioner who died after burglars broke into her flat
6th December 2018

The pensioner who died after two burglars forced their way into her flat and another kept look-out, has been named.

Maureen Whale collapsed while speaking to a police operator on the phone after she called 999.

The 77-year-old was given CPR by police that arrived at her home at around 6pm on Tuesday in Barnet, London.

Ms Whale, who lived alone was rushed to hospital in a critical condition and died on Wednesday morning.

Officers investigating her death have released images of three suspects, and have appealed for witnesses to come forward with any information.

Detective Chief Inspector Noel McHugh said: "We are aware of moving CCTV footage circulating online, we are working to enhance that footage and will release publicly as soon as we can, but if you recognise those pictured please get in touch.

"If you live in the area and you have your own CCTV system that may have captured the suspects we urgently need to see it.

"We are especially interested in anyone who lives in Bells Hill from Trinder Road up to the junction with Lexington Way and the surrounding roads off Bells Hill.

"Please check and contact us if there is anything at all that raises your suspicions."

The force said the suspects are all described as white men in their 20s.

One was wearing a black zip-up gilet, a white or light coloured long-sleeved top underneath and a dark coloured woolly or beanie hat.

The second wore a hooded long-sleeved top with two dark patches on the chest and shoulder, and the top of the back, along with dark trousers and light-coloured trainers.

And the third wore a dark long-sleeved hooded top or coat, with the hood up, and may also have had a baseball cap underneath.

He also wore light, possibly grey, jogging style bottoms and dark or black trainers.

Mr McHugh said one line of inquiry is that the suspects may have used a vehicle to escape.

He also asked for those who live in Bells Hill from Newlands Place to Lexington Way to check their front gardens and hedges to see if any property has been disposed of.

Anyone with information can contact police on 020 8785 8099, tweet @MetCC, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.

The force said there is so far no evidence to suggest the burglary is linked to the violent break-in at the home of Second World War veteran Peter Gouldstone, around six miles away.

The 98-year-old died after he was severely injured during the aggravated burglary at his home in Evesham Road, Enfield, on November 6, during which a 26in Panasonic television and other possessions were stolen.

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