Elderly woman, 84, collapses and dies minutes after gang of teenagers pelt her home with stones
Joyce Moulson was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary but was pronounced dead soon after arrival
17:22 GMT, 28 November 2012
00:08 GMT, 29 November 2012
Tragic: Bradford grandmother Joyce Moulson was described as 'an absolutely lovely woman'
Four schoolboys were last night arrested for the manslaughter of an 84-year-old widow who collapsed and died minutes after yobs had hurled stones and broken a window at her house.
Joyce Moulson had been plagued by anti-social youths hanging around on the street outside her home.
Mrs Moulson, from Bradford, fell ill at home ten minutes after a window pane on her door had been smashed at her terraced home early on Tuesday evening.
Neighbours say that the pensioner had been ‘targeted’ by troublemakers.
Police appealed to the local community to find the youths responsible.
Four children were later arrested – two boys aged 12 and two aged 13.
Detectives who had been investigating
the earlier ‘incident of criminal damage’ in the Wibsey area of Bradford
brought the four in on suspicion of manslaughter in connection with Mrs
Mrs Moulson’s grandson was thought to have been with her when she collapsed at about 6pm and phoned 999.
She was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary but pronounced dead after arrival.
Shocked neighbours described Mrs Moulson, who was a grandmother, as a popular figure in the area.
They also said that incidents of trouble had become all too common in the neighbourhood.
One neighbour said: ‘I was just sat in my living room when I heard the kids outside.
‘But I didn’t think anything of it as I’m just so used to them congregating near our houses.
‘We’ve all had trouble with them in the past and I know this isn’t the first time they’ve targeted Joyce.’
The neighbour added: ‘She was an
absolutely lovely old lady – a really happy, helpful person – a great
neighbour. It’s just a tragedy.’
Tom Butler, 81, who has lived opposite
Mrs Moulson for more than 40 years, said: ‘She was a lovely woman. I
just can’t believe that this has happened.
‘Something needs to be done about the yobs around here.
Street view: Fair Road, Bradford, where a gang of 13-year-olds attacked Mrs Moulson's home with stones at around 6pm yesterday
Attacked: Mrs Moulson's Bradford home that was pelted with stones. She was taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary but was pronounced dead a short time later
‘I’ve had a brick put through my window before and I’ve never done anything to anybody. How could this have happened’
Julie Taylor, who owns a shop near Mrs
Moulson’s house, said: ‘Youths are always jumping on the wall outside
her house and in the garden. Some of them have no respect.’
Mrs Moulson was well known in the
local launderette, where she used to take her clothes once a fortnight.
One worker said: ‘She’s really popular around here.
She used to own a
bit of land to the side of her house with her husband John who died some
‘They sold it to a developer and they
built houses on it and called it Moulson Close so I guess that she’ll
always be remembered.
‘You do see gangs of kids round here but nothing like this has ever happened. It’s heartbreaking.’
Senior investigating officer Detective
Chief Inspector Simon Atkinson said: ‘We received reports that three
male youths had thrown stones at the address, which had smashed a glass
‘It is important that we quickly trace
the individuals involved in causing this damage and I would call on
anyone with information to come forward. We will not tolerate
anti-social behaviour at any level in Bradford and we are determined to
bring those responsible to justice.
‘It is likely they live locally and people may know who they are.’
One of the youths is described as white, around 13 years old, of large build with dark, shoulder-length curly hair.
The two other males are believed to be of similar age and of slimmer build.
West Yorkshire Police said the suspects were being held in custody awaiting interview.
A post-mortem examination was being carried out last night to determine how Mrs Moulson died.
The incident took place outside Joyce Moulson's home on Fair Road, Bradford