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Delia Hughes 'may have been killed by burglar'

Delia Hughes
Image caption Detectives hunting Delia Hughes's killer want to trace a man in a dark hooded top

Detectives are considering whether a grandmother found beaten to death in her Southampton home was killed by a burglar.

Delia Hughes, 85, was found at her flat in Atlantic Close on 18 August.

At a public meeting held on Tuesday evening, police said the burglary theory was one they were investigating.

They said her killer may have accessed the ground floor flat from outside, rather than the communal entrance.

The meeting was held at the Royal Yacht Club by police to update people in the area about the investigation.

Officers are still trying to trace a man in a dark hooded top seen nearby on the day Mrs Hughes's body was found.

The man was seen leaving Atlantic Close, in the Ocean Village development, and walking off in the direction of Tasman Close at about 09:30 BST, police said.

He is described as white, aged between 25 and 30, slim, with a bounce in his step, about 5ft 8in tall and was wearing a blue, or grey coloured hooded jacket, or cagoule, which was zipped at the front.

A 29-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder have been bailed pending further inquiries.

Ms Hughes, a retired Littlewoods supervisor who had one daughter, two grandsons and three great-grandchildren, lived alone in the flat.

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