Two boys aged 14 and 15 have been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 82-year-old woman died following a raid on her home.

Joy Middleditch was found lying on the floor of her home in Grayson Avenue, Pakefield, by police on Saturday, March 25.

In the early hours of Monday morning, she died in hospital. 

Today (March 31), police arrested two teenage boys, both from the Lowestoft area, during morning raids on suspicion of murder. They have been taken to Martlesham police station, near Ipswich, for questioning.

It is believed the break-in happened at some point overnight between Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25.

Mrs Middleditch was knocked to the ground during the robbery and her handbag was stolen.

A murder investigation was launched after Mrs Middleditch died at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston in the early hours of Monday, March 27.

A post-mortem examination was carried out but the cause of death has yet to be confirmed, with further examinations due to take place.

Yesterday, police pleaded with the public not to shield the raiders.

Sgt Steve Wright, of the Neighbourhood and Partnership Team based at Lowestoft Police Station, said: "If you know who is responsible, please don't shield them, do the right thing and contact police."

Anyone with information should contact the Major Investigation Team online or call 101 quoting the crime reference number 37/17537/23.

Meanwhile, street lights - which are normally turned off between 11.30pm and 6am in Lowestoft - have been kept on during the investigations.

A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: "We are assisting Suffolk Police with an ongoing investigation, and at their request are keeping street lights on in certain areas of Lowestoft."