Death of Leeds widow who was targeted by conman thief ‘not suspicious’ UPDATED

Joyce Brehaut, aged 91
Joyce Brehaut, aged 91
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Police are not treating the death of an elderly burglary victim as suspicious after a post mortem examination ruled out a link to the crime.

Widow Joyce Brehaut, 91, from Pudsey, died on Sunday morning – about two months after a man tricked his way into her home and stole her purse on August 29.

Mrs Brehaut's son, Malcolm

Mrs Brehaut's son, Malcolm

Her health rapidly deteriorated following the incident, but West Yorkshire Police said the post mortem found she died of cancer.

Detective Chief Inspector Elizabeth Belton said: “No causal link to the burglary was identified and, as such, her death is not being treated as suspicious. The coroner’s office has been informed.

“Detectives are continuing to carry out enquiries into the distraction burglary at her home and are continuing to appeal for information to trace the man involved.”

The thief was white, about 5ft 10ins tall, stocky and cross eyed.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Simon Daley at Weetwood Police Station via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.