In Barnet, an investigation was initiated after an elderly woman died after a burglary.

The police were called yesterday at six in the afternoon for a break-in at a house in Bells Hill, Barnet.

The victim, a 77-year-old woman, called the police after two suspects forced access to the property and stolen property – she collapsed while talking to the police officer.

Police and London Rescue Service arrived on site and carried out the revival.

The woman was taken to a hospital in northern London in a critical condition – she died this morning.

Their next of kin were informed and an autopsy is performed.

A crime scene is in place and investigations are underway to determine if the slump is related to three other break-ins in the region.

There have been no arrests.

DCI Noel McHugh of Homicide and Major Crime Command will now head this investigation.

He said, "We are now focusing on the culprits behind this burglary that contributed to the death of an elderly woman.

"We do everything we can to get a clear picture of this incident.

"This includes three more break-ins reported in the area.

"Both suspects are described as white men over twenty and thin-skinned. They wore dark wool hats and dark clothes.

"Any break-in is a terrible and shocking experience that makes many uncomfortable at home.

"This slump ends with the worst consequences.

"A wonderful elderly lady has died.

"In this sense, I would like to address all persons from the criminal community who have information to contact us.

"They will know, and there will be discussions about who is involved and where there is stolen property. I need you to call the police and let us know who is responsible.

"The public will experience a significant police presence in the region, including house-to-house investigations, the assembly of video surveillance equipment and forensic work to identify those involved."