A 96-year-old widow has died just three days after her home was targeted by distraction burglars.
Tributes have been paid to the ‘lovely’ neighbour – named locally as Ivy Dynes – who was rushed to hospital on Sunday with chest pains.
Her death comes just days after two teenage crooks struck at her home at The Pyghtle in upmarket Turvey.
One of the thieves, believed to be aged around 16, enticed Ivy outside by pretending he had damaged her fence last Thursday night.
While she was distracted another youth went inside and searched the property but made off when Ivy went back into her home.
But before fleeing the scene one of the crooks took a key from inside the property and locked Ivy inside.
Next door neighbour and mum of seven Marie Nichols said: “It must have given her such a fright.
“I feel so angry. You must know when you do something like that, even if you are desperate, you must know it is wrong.
“I do think that it was targeted but the thing that concerns me the most is if the police think it is local people – how can you do that in your own community?
“It is no good to say nothing was taken, it has taken a life.”
The burglary happened at around 9.20pm and police are asking people in the area at the time to think back and consider whether they saw anything suspicious or unusual.
Marie said: “Ivy was the one that would have seen everybody coming. She was the one watching who was coming and going and making sure nothing untoward was happening.
“She was like a mother, grandmother and friend because she always gave me advice. I used to go round for a chat.
“She was 100 per cent with it. She was so spot on and that was what frustrated her because her body was letting her down. But she was still looking after herself, she was independent.
“Whatever happened to her on Thursday when she realised what was going on she must have got a shock.”
Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “It had knocked her, there is no two ways about it.”
It is believed that grandmother Ivy, who has lived in the same house since it was built in the 1960s, was at home with her two sons when she became ill on Sunday and was rushed to hospital.
Another neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “She was a lovely lady. She had all her marbles.
“I wouldn’t say she was fit and well – she had a bit of a dicky ticker.
“She wasn’t so well the last few years.”
Det Insp Dani Fitzharris: “We are working hard to identify the two men responsible for this crime and I’m once again urgently appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or anyone who has information, to contact us immediately.”
Both men are described as white and aged around 16. One is described as thin and wearing a blue linen style hat and a navy T-shirt. The second is described as wearing dark clothing and a dark baseball cap.
Anyone with information should contact Det Insp Fitzharris on 101 or text 07786 200 011, alternatively contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.