An 89-year-old woman has been found murdered in her own home, the Metropolitan Police said.
The elderly woman’s body was discovered at around 10.45am on Sunday in Tottenham, north London.
She had been assaulted and was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Officers believe one or more suspects gained entry to the woman’s house in Waltheof Gardens at some point between Saturday evening and Sunday morning,” according to a statement from the force.
Police “haven’t ruled out burglary as a motive, but they retain an open mind”, it added.
Detective Chief Inspector Garry Moncrieff said: “The woman had clearly been assaulted and, as such, a murder investigation has been launched.
“I want to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in and around Waltheof Gardens and the surrounding area on Saturday night or Sunday morning.
“In addition, somebody locally may be aware of a friend or family member who they saw with blood stains on their clothing, or whose behaviour caused them particular concern on Saturday night or Sunday morning.
“If so, I need to hear from them.”
One resident described the woman as being a “good neighbour”.
The elderly man, who wished to remain anonymous, added: “We were just good neighbours.
“You couldn’t wish for a better neighbour.”
The neighbour branded the attack as”disgusting” and said there had been a burglary nearby a few weeks ago.
He added: “We has a burglary only two doors away about three weeks ago. Whether they were sussing the place out I don’t know.”
No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 3149/04aug or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Police have cordoned off a block of Waltheof Gardens between De Quincey Road and The Roundway.
A uniformed officer could also be seen standing in the entrance to an alleyway that ran between two of the terraced houses.