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Woman, 79, who died in suspected attack in her home is named by police

Police have named the elderly woman who died in hospital following a suspected attack in her home, as they appeal for help tracing the culprit

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A 79-year-old woman has died in hospital following reports of a domestic disturbance (Andrew Milligan/PA)

A 79-year-old woman has died in hospital following reports of a domestic disturbance (Andrew Milligan/PA)

A 79-year-old woman has died in hospital following reports of a domestic disturbance (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The woman who died following a “cowardly and despicable” attack in her Edinburgh home has been named by police as 79-year-old Margaret Grant.

Emergency services found the seriously-injured woman at the property in Restalrig Circus on Friday evening after being called to reports of a disturbance.

Ms Grant was taken by ambulance to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where she passed away that night.

Police Scotland are treating the death as suspicious and say they now believe Ms Grant was targeted by a suspected robber, who entered her house to steal from her.

Officers say that the man responsible may have known his victim and targeted her deliberately.

The suspect, who fled on foot and is still on the run, is described as being white with a Scottish accent, aged between 20 and 30, with combed-back dark hair and approximately 5ft 6ins tall.

At the time of the incident, he was wearing dark clothing, although his top may have been white on the lower part of his sleeves.

This was a cowardly and despicable attack on an elderly woman within her homeDetective Chief Inspector Kevin Houliston

Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Houliston, from the Major Investigation Team, said: “This was a cowardly and despicable attack on an elderly woman within her home.

“It is imperative anyone with any information about what happened makes contact with us so we can find the man responsible.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Margaret at this difficult time.”

Speaking on Saturday afternoon, Chief Inspector David Happs, the local area commander, added: “Our inquiries into this incident are at an early stage and ongoing.

“The local community will see an increased police presence in the area over the coming days.

“Our thoughts at this time are with the family and friends of the woman who has died and specialist officers are providing her next of kin with the necessary support.”

Police Scotland is appealing for anyone who was in the Restalrig Circus area on Friday evening, or who recognises the description of the man police are searching for, to get in touch with officers as soon as possible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 quoting incident 3175 of January 24. Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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