Police guard the house of 72-year-old Rosemary Shearman, who was killed in a random attack by a stranger.
I would like to hear from anyone who lives in Platford Green, or the surrounding streets, who saw a man acting suspiciously in the area during Tuesday morning.
He may have been knocking on doors and trying to talk his way into peoples' houses. He is described as a white man, 6ft2ins tall, of heavy build but not muscular, wearing a navy pin stripe suit. If you saw him or spoke to him please get in touch with us.
– DCI Noel McHugh, Met Police
We are keeping an open mind regarding the motivation behind this murder, but I am confident that the victim and the suspect were not known to each other.
Any witnesses are asked to contact the Incident Room and give us any information they may have on 020 7321 7228.
Neighbours report that the attacker was seen on CCTV camera walking casually into the pensioner's home. The body was found by a concerned friend.
A pensioner killed by a stranger at her home in Hornchurch has been named locally as Rosemary Shearman. She was aged 72. Mrs Sherman's son, Greg, is believed to on his way to scene from his home in Wales. Her daughter lives in Hong Kong.
- A man, aged 50, was arrested at the address in Hornchurch on suspicion of murder
- He was taken to hospital suffering from injuries, which at this early stage appear to be self-inflicted
- Police believe they know the identity of the woman but are waiting for formal identification
A pensioner has been killed in what appears to be a random attack at her home in Hornchurch. Police say the woman who lived in Platford Green, is believed to be in her 70s.
Della Callagher, 46, felt ill after the meal at the Railway Hotel and was taken to the Queen's Hospital in Romford, her husband John told the Evening Standard.
The hospital effectively turned my wife away when there could have been more of a chance of saving her life.
It was disgusting the way she was dealt with.
We were about to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.
Della was so fit and healthy, I can’t believe it. This is devastating.
Dr Mike Gill, Medical Director at Queen's Hospital, said:
A patient attended our Emergency Department on Boxing Day with what appeared to be food poisoning. The patient was seen and fully assessed by a senior clinician, and given appropriate treatment and advice before returning home.
The Trust followed accepted medical practice. We will be fully reviewing the case. We have written to the family offering our condolences at this very difficult time and inviting them to meet with medical staff who can answer any queries or concerns they may have.
Ember Inns, which owns the Railway Hotel in Hornchurch in Essex, has said its food was prepared to the highest hygiene standards.
A spokesman told the London Evening Standard:
The local authority is investigating an alleged food poisoning outbreak at the Railway.
We are fully co-operating.
Until the investigation is complete we can’t speculate about a possible cause or source.