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Pensioner's murder: man bailed

Police investigating the murder of a 77-year-old woman battered to death in her own home have released a man on bail.

Judith Richardson, of Hexham, Northumberland, died from head injuries after what police said was "a brutal attack on an innocent elderly lady".

A woman, who was arrested in the Hexham area on Monday, was released on Monday night on bail pending further inquiries.

Northumbria Police said a man who was arrested in connection with the murder had also been bailed pending further inquiries.

Sources said the man and woman are aged in their 70s and 80s.

Northumbria Police declined to comment when asked about the age and identity of the two and no further details have been released.

Officers discovered the pensioner's body in the hallway of her stone-built terraced home in St Wilfrid's Road after her stolen handbag and some of its contents were found stuffed into a litter bin in Newcastle city centre, 25 miles away.

Police today released details of Miss Richardson's last known movements in a bid to trace witnesses.

The pensioner left her house on Friday morning to go shopping at Tesco and Aldi stores in Hexham before driving home.

Detectives hunting her killer believe the handbag was left in the bin outside the Mind charity shop on Clayton Street, Newcastle, some time between 1pm and 4.30pm.


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