Police have launched a murder investigation after a woman in her 60s died in hospital.
The woman was the victim of a robbery at her home, during which she was knocked to the floor.
One of the thugs held the woman down with a hand over her mouth, whilst four others searched the property for goods.
The victim was not admitted to hospital until the day after the robbery, when she became ill whilst speaking to police about the incident.
She remained in hospital until Saturday (February 11) when she sadly died.
A Home Office post-mortem examination took place yesterday (February 16) and as a result a murder investigation has been launched.
The victim’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported, formal identification is yet to take place.
The robbery took place at around 6pm on Tuesday, 31 January in Orne Gardens, Bolbeck Park, when a man knocked on her front door.
She closed the door on him and said she was alone, but a short while later the man knocked on the door again, the victim opened the door and six men rushed passed her.
The victim was knocked to the floor and one of the men held her down with a hand over her mouth.
The other men then searched the property and stole cash and jewellery.
The men then left running down Orne Gardens to Lacy Drive.
The offender who came to the door is white, 6ft 2 ins, of large build, with a wide face, wearing a baby blue sweater with a high neck and jeans.
He was also wearing fingerless gloves.
The other men were white, with their faces covered. All were wearing dark tops and jogging bottoms or jeans.
Officers attended the scene to respond to the incident and the following day, (February 1) while providing a statement to police officers, the victim became unwell.
Detective Inspector Andy Shearwood, said: “Detectives are working to establish the circumstances leading up to how the victim died.
“I would like to appeal for the public’s help – did you see anything suspicious between the hours of 4pm and 8pm on Tuesday, January 31 in Orne Gardens or the surrounding area of Bolbeck Park?
“I would like to appeal to anyone in the community who noticed anyone acting suspiciously, who saw anything out of the ordinary or any vehicles you did not recognise, to contact police. It is believed there are likely to have been between four and six men ‘cold calling’ on doors in the area.”
Supt Gez Chiariello, said: “I appreciate incidents of this nature can be concerning and upsetting for people in the community.
“People locally may notice an increased police presence in the area and anyone who has any concerns, or any information, can approach and speak to an officer. “You can also raise any concerns by calling our non-emergency number 101.”
If you have any information which could assist the investigation, please call the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting URN 1201 31/1.
If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.