TWO teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of the murder of a Greenford pensioner in an alleyway in broad daylight.
The 15-year-old and 14-year-old have been taken into custody for questioning. They have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of Paula Castle on Tuesday morning.
They have also been detained on suspicion of robbery relating to a separate incident on November 20.
Mrs Castle, 85, of West Ridge Gardens, Greenford, was walking through the alleyway between Goring Way and Oldfield Lane South, Greenford, on Monday at 3.50pm.
The suspects allegedly approached the widow from behind and tried to rob her handbag when she fell to the pavement and hit her head.
She was taken to Ealing Hospital then transferred to St Mary's in Paddington where she later died at 2.14am on Tuesday morning.
Mrs Castle was a widow and lived alone. She was the mother of late Ealing Conservative Councillor Brian Castle of Cleveland ward who passed away in 2007.
Her family were too distraught to speak to the Gazette.
A post-mortem at Uxbridge Mortuary today found cause of death as head injuries.
Police recovered Mrs Castle's handbag in Farndale Crescent.
Police are still appealing for witnesses. People are urged to call the Homicide and Serious Crime Command on 020 8721 4868 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.