Woking police ‘open minded’ on possible link between Joyce Burgess death and other Westfield burglaries

July 11, 2018
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A string of burglaries in the Westfield area of Woking has prompted police to issue a warning to the public.

But Surrey Police said it was “keeping an open mind” about whether the offences were committed by the same man who attacked 84-year-old Joyce Burgess on Saturday (July 7).

The man had entered Ms Burgess’ home in Loop Road and asked for a glass of water before he stole her handbag and left her with injuries to her arms, chest and face.

Ms Burgess was taken to hospital in a “serious condition” but died on Tuesday morning (July 10).

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A Surrey Police spokesman said: “We are investigating a number of other burglaries in the area that took place overnight from July 7-8.

“These involved a man going into a number of addresses that either had windows or doors insecure, or were broken into while occupants slept.

“We are keeping an open mind about whether these offences were committed by the same person who attacked Ms Burgess.”

On Monday (July 9), the Woking neighbourhood team posted advice on Facebook for keeping property safe from burglars, saying they had received “reports of an increase in burglaries in Woking, particularly in the Westfield area”.

The advice says: “Firstly, and we know we keep mentioning this but make sure your windows and doors are closed and locked when you leave the property, even if you’re just popping out quickly.

“We know it’s been hot, and the temptation to leave front and back doors open is also very appealing, but be careful and take care as anyone could walk into your property and take your belongings.

“Even if you’re just sitting in the back garden, be sure that any windows and doors at the front of the house are locked and that any gates into the garden are secure as well.”

Other methods include marking your belongings with a forensic marking kit, hiding keys away from windows and letterboxes and joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

Police are still treating Ms Burgess’ death as “unexplained” until they receive the results of a post-mortem to be carried out on Wednesday (July 11).

The man suspected of attacking her has been described as white, of slim build and around 5ft 8 to 6ft tall.

He is said to have light brown hair with “curtains” at the front, but is otherwise clean shaven.

If you have any information that could help the investigation, you should call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference PR/45180072321.

Alternatively, you can report it online or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/woking-police-open-minded-possible-14893848


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