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Elderly Hamilton robbery victim dies in hospital

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Image caption The attack took place at the woman's home in Townhill Road

An 87-year-old woman has died in hospital two months after suffering a "horrendous" attack during a robbery at her home in South Lanarkshire.

The woman, who has not been named, was attacked by a man after answering the door of her home in Townhill Road, Hamilton, at 19:00 on 3 September.

She was found on the floor by her son the following morning. Police said her death was being treated as unexplained.

They previously said the suspect was a man in his 50s or 60s.

He was described as wearing a dark, hooded top and trousers.

During a previous appeal for information, police said the man who carried out the "horrendous" attack had also stolen cash from the elderly woman's home.

The OAP had been in Hairmyres Hospital since the incident but died on 4 November.

Det Ch Insp Raymond Brown said: "Extensive inquiries are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the robbery. At this time it is unknown if the lady's death is connected to the robbery and further inquiry is required.

"It is essential that anyone with any information about the robbery comes forward to help establish the full circumstances.

"I would ask members of the public who were in the area of Townhill Road on Saturday 3 September 2016, to please cast their minds back and think about whether they saw anything at all suspicious. No matter how insignificant you think your information may be, let us decide that."

He added: "What you tell us could prove vital to our investigation and help provide answers for this lady's family."

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