THE heartbroken family of a pensioner, who died after being robbed on her doorstep by screwdriver-wielding robbers, have paid tribute to their ‘dearly loved mum and nanna’.
Tragic Josephine Kaye (pictured), 88, was assaulted in a distraction burglary when she answered the door of her home on Harington Drive, Stoke-on-Trent, on February 27.
She was threatened with a screwdriver before the offenders stole thousands of pounds in cash from the property in the Park Hall area of the city.
Staffordshire Police launched a murder probe after Mrs Kaye passed away in hospital 19 days after the cowardly attack.
In a statement, her devastated family said today: ‘On Tuesday, our dearly loved mum and nanna passed away in hospital following a violent attack on her while she was in her home.
‘Our family are devastated by her loss, and we’re still coming to terms with the circumstances of her sad and untimely death.
‘We are working closely with Staffordshire Police and will continue to help and support their investigation in any way we can.
‘Whilst we continue to come to terms with these tragic circumstances, we would be grateful if people could respect our privacy and allow us to grieve at this very sad time.’
Police arrested a 52-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman, both from Stoke-on-Trent, on suspicion of murder. They have both been bailed until next month
A 27-year-old man from Leicestershire was arrested on suspicion of robbery and other offences in Essex and remains in custody.
Detevtive chief inspector Dan Ison, from Staffordshire Police, said: ‘Our thoughts are with Mrs Kaye’s family at this tragic time and an investigation is ongoing.
‘We’ve arrested three people but our enquiries are continuing and we’d ask anyone with information that may be able to assist to come forward as soon as possible.’
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting log number 654 of 27 February, message police on Facebook or Twitter, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.