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Woman in her 80s dies after being attacked from behind in Surrey

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Woman in her 80s dies after being attacked from behind in Surrey

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 5:10pm 26th June 2020.

An elderly woman who was attacked from behind during a serious assault in Reigate has died in hospital. 

The victim has been named as Rosemary Hill and specialist officers will be providing support to her family.

The 87-year-old was in the road when she was attacked from behind and she was taken to hospital with serious head injuries. 

The 45-year-old man from Reigate who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and subsequently detained under the Mental Health Act remains in hospital. 

Police are appealing for witnesses who were in the area of Warren Road, Holmesdale Road, Alma Road and Wray Park Road with the junction of Alders Road between 4pm and 7pm on Sunday, 21 June.

They would also like to hear from anyone who has dashcam footage.

Reigate and Banstead Borough Commander Inspector Alex Maguire said:

“We have a team of officers and detectives continuing to work hard to establish the circumstances of what appears to be a random and unprovoked attack.

“Our officers are providing support to the victim’s family, I’d ask people to respect their privacy at this difficult time.

“I would like to re-iterate that assaults of this nature are extremely rare in this area.

"We’re not linking this assault with any other similar reports and making an arrest has allowed us to progress our enquiries, which are continuing.

“The Neighbourhood Policing Team will continue to patrol the area over the coming days and any residents with any concerns can speak to one of these uniformed officers”.

If you have any information call 101, quoting Operation Baritone.

If you do not wish to leave your name, call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.