Harrowing last call of woman burgled in Barnet

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Harrowing last call of woman burgled in Barnet

Detectives investigating the death of 77-year-old Maureen Whale, who died following a burglary at her home in Barnet last December, have released the 999 call she made to police just seconds after the break-in.

Maureen sadly died following the burglary in Bells Hill shortly before 18:00hrs on Tuesday, 4 December. A post-mortem examination gave her cause of death as coronary heart disease and identified that her death had been brought on by the stress of the incident.

Detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command are treating the death as manslaughter and after discussion with her family.

CCTV shows three suspects police remain keen to identify.

Enquiries have established that one suspect was wearing a black zip-through gilet over a light-coloured long-sleeved top. He also wore a dark-coloured woollen hat/beanie. Another wore a long-sleeved top with dark patches. He wore a hood up [possibly fur trim on hood] with dark trousers and light-coloured trainers.

The suspect, who was acting as a look-out at the window. was dressed in a long-sleeved, dark-coloured hooded top/jacket. He wore a baseball cap underneath the hood of his jacket, light-coloured jogging bottoms and dark trainers.

Police also want to speak to the driver of a small four-door hatchback car, which travelled up Bells Hill towards Lexington Way at 17:52hrs. The car may have been a Skoda Fabia and the driver travelled directly past the suspects. That driver has not yet come forward.

The incident is being linked to burglaries at two more properties in the same road on the same evening and another around half a mile away on Sampson Avenue at 11:45hrs that day.

A reward of £20,000 reward is also being offered for information leading to arrest and prosecution.

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