An 87-year-old woman assaulted in Warren Road in Reigate last Sunday afternoon (21 June) has died in hospital.
Surrey Police have named the woman as Rosemary Hill, and have said that specialist officers will be providing support to her family.
Ms Hill was in Warren Road when she was attacked from behind, at 5.40pm. She suffered serious head injuries and was taken to hospital.
A 45-year-old man from Reigate was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He was later detained under the Mental Health Act, and therefore bailed. He remains in hospital.
Police continue to appeal for witnesses who were in the area of Warren Road, Holmesdale Road, Alma Road, and Wray Park Road with the junction of Alders Road, between 4pm and 7pm that evening, Sunday 21 June.
Officers would also like to hear from anyone with dashcam footage from those areas during those times.
Borough commander Inspector Alex Maguire said: “We have a team of officers and detectives continuing to work hard to establish the circumstances of what appears to be a random and unprovoked attack.
“Our officers are providing support to the victim’s family; I’d ask people to respect their privacy at this difficult time.
“I would like to reiterate that assaults of this nature are extremely rare in this area.
“We’re not linking this assault with any other similar reports and making an arrest has allowed us to progress our enquiries, which are continuing.
“The Neighbourhood Policing Team will continue to patrol the area over the coming days and any residents with any concerns can speak to one of these uniformed officers.”
Anyone with information that could assist the investigation is asked to contact police on 101, quoting Operation Baritone. Alternatively, for anyone not wanting to leave their name, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.
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