Police free boys held over death of Bradford pensioner plagued by youths

Joyce Moulson, 84, who died after teenage yobs hurled stones at her house, smashing a window.
Joyce Moulson, 84, who died after teenage yobs hurled stones at her house, smashing a window.
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THREE children who were arrested on suspicion of the manslaughter of Bradford pensioner Joyce Moulson have been released by police.

Mrs Moulson, 84, died of a heart-related illness, a post-mortem examination has established.

The scene on Fair Road, Bradford

The scene on Fair Road, Bradford

The grandmother collapsed at her home in Fair Road, Wibsey, on Tuesday evening a few moments after a glass panel in her front door was smashed.

Mrs Moulson, a widow, died later in Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Her family paid tribute to her yesterday, calling her a much-loved mother who was adored by all who knew her.

Daughter Julie Smith said in a statement: “She was perhaps best known locally for her glamorous blonde hair and dress style.

“She would always dress smartly, even if only going across the road to the Co-op for a pint of milk.”

She said her mother led an independent life but was plagued by anti-social behaviour by local youths. However she saw it only as “an inconvenience and was certainly not terrorised by them”.

“Mum and her neighbours have seen intrusions into gardens and broken windows in greenhouses,” she said.

“The many high garden walls in the area appear to be an attraction for youths attempting to participate in ‘free running’.

“However, Mum never lived in fear of anything and her door was always open.”

Mrs Moulson was having dinner with her grandson when her house was allegedly pelted with stones. She collapsed on the kitchen floor while the shattered glass was being cleared.

“How and why her front door was attacked and whether it caused Mum to collapse remains part of an ongoing West Yorkshire Police inquiry,” said Mrs Smith.

A boy, 13, and two boys aged 12 were released on bail yesterday pending further enquiries. Another 13-year-old boy was released without charge.