Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Delia Hughes murder inquiry: CCTV images released

CCTV image of a man police want to trace
Image caption The man was seen leaving Atlantic Close on 18 August

Detectives investigating the death of a grandmother in her Southampton home have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace.

The man was seen by a resident on 18 August - the day 85-year-old Delia Hughes was found beaten to death in her flat in the Ocean Village complex.

Hampshire police said he was white, aged 25 to 30, with a slim build.

Det Supt Tony Harris said it was "imperative" for police to speak to the man "as a matter of urgency".

Police have also described the man as being approximately 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in (1.73m to 1.77m) tall and "nimble and bouncy on his feet".

He was wearing a grey hooded jacket, faded blue jeans, white training shoes and carrying a small black rucksack.

Image caption Police described the man as white, aged 25 to 30 with a slim build

At a public meeting held on Tuesday evening, police said they were investigating whether Mrs Hughes was killed by a burglar.

They said her killer may have accessed the ground-floor flat in Atlantic Close 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.

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.

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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