LETTER: Police reply to Editor’s call over OAP death

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I write in response to the editor’s opinion piece on your website yesterday (Thursday 8 January) regarding the sad death of June Green, writes South Yorkshire Police Detective Chief Insp Craig Jackson

There have been a number of speculative and misleading reports in the local and national media over recent days about what happened at Mrs Green’s home.

There is no evidence to suggest it was a targeted attack on her property.

Mrs Green was thankfully not in the room when the breeze block was thrown through the window so the comment in the editorial that she narrowly escaped injury is misleading.

I want to reassure members of the public that action was taken by officers as soon as the incident was reported to police and that our investigation is ongoing.

An officer was sent to Mrs Green’s home on the morning we received the call about the damage to her window to provide reassurance, commence enquiries and to sit with her until the local authority attended to carry out repairs.

The officer also conducted house-to-house enquiries to ascertain if anyone had witnessed the damage being caused. The officer went back to see Mrs Green to keep her updated after her purse was found and the crime was reported as a burglary.

A detective also visited Mrs Green at her home on Friday 2 January to discuss the investigation.

Unfortunately, Mrs Green passed away two days later and I would like to offer my condolences to her family at this difficult time.

Our investigation into the burglary continues and I would urge anyone with any information about who is responsible to contact us.

At this time, there is no current requirement from HM Coroner for police to investigate Mrs Green’s death on their behalf.

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