Boys aged 14 and 15 arrested on suspicion of murdering elderly woman in robbery

Two teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of murdering an elderly woman who died after she was robbed in her own home.

Joy Middleditch, 82, was found lying on the floor of her end-of-terrace bungalow in Pakefield, Suffolk, by concerned family members on Saturday.

Her handbag had been taken and was recovered a short distance away in Nelson Road.

She told relatives, and later police officers, that she had heard a noise at the door before two masked men forced their way in and knocked her to the ground.

Police said Ms Middleditch is thought to have been attacked between the evening of Friday March 24 and the early hours of Saturday March 25.

The pensioner was found conscious and breathing but was in a serious condition and was taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston, Norfolk.

She died there in the early hours of Monday.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said: ‘Officers have been pursuing numerous lines of inquiry and today, Friday March 31, arrested two males in connection with the incident.

‘A 15-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy, both from the Lowestoft area, were arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.’

A Home Office post-mortem examination was carried out on Monday but the cause of death is yet to be confirmed, pending further investigation, the force said.

Ms Middleditch’s family said in an earlier statement released through police: ‘Joy was a strong, determined character who loved life and her dog.

‘She was a loving person who was sadly taken from us too soon.’

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the major investigation team by emailing [email protected] or by calling 101 quoting the reference 37/17537/23.

People can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or at

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