Police quiz woman over Sheffield murder

Crime scene in Broomhill
Crime scene in Broomhill
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Friends and neighbours have been left reeling at the death of a 93-year-old Sheffield woman who police believe was murdered.

The body of the woman – named locally as Gladys Allen – was discovered at her home on Crimicar Lane, Fulwood, yesterday, just after 9am.

A woman in her 50s was arrested shortly after the discovery. She was still being held last night.

Neighbours said Mrs Allen, a widow, had lived alone in her semi-detached home for years, but had been joined by relatives who moved in with her a few weeks ago.

Two cars were parked on the driveway of the house, which was taped off and under police guard yesterday morning.

One neighbour said she had seen two men ‘in tears’ leaving the house with police.

Others said they had seen ambulances arrive at the property, near the junction with Hallamshire Road.

Neighbours said Mrs Allen, a keen churchgoer who was a member of the congregation at The Beacon Methodist Church, Nether Green, had recently suffered a stroke and was not as mobile as she used to be.

Deacon Jan Miles, responsible for pastoral care at the church, visited the pensioner at her home when she was unable to attend services.

She said: “I visited her at home because she had been ill, so she had not been at church of late. I am totally shocked to learn of this.”

Neighbour Catherine Hippisley-Cox, aged 21, said she had known Mrs Allen for nearly 20 years.

She said: “I saw the police when we pulled up after dropping my mum off at work but didn’t know what had happened so it was a shock.

“Gladys was lovely – always friendly. Close neighbours will be upset.”

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police are investigating after the body of a 93-year-old woman was found at an address in Crimicar Lane, Sheffield, yesterday, at about 9.05am.

“A woman in her 50s has been arrested on suspicion of murder and has been taken into police custody. Enquiries are ongoing.”