13/02/2018

Death Of Woman In North Belfast Being Treated As 'Suspicious'

Police are treating the death of a woman as suspicious after he body was found in her home in north Belfast just after her car failed to stop for them.

May Stevens, aged 64 and a mother of two, was found dead in the Lismoyne Park area after 3am on Sunday, 11 February.

Her car, a red Hyundai 130, was stolen between 1.30am and 2am on Sunday.

The vehicle was seen on the North Circular Road and was found abandoned at Glenbank Place at around 6.45am.

Police are investigating a possible link between two other attempted burglaries in the area, one of which was also in Lismoyne Park.
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Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: "May touched the lives of many people living in this community as she was a long standing public servant teaching maths to pupils at the Boys’ Model as well as working at Newtownabbey Region College in recent years.

"This incident has left the Stevens’ family mourning the loss of a wife, mother and sister. Mrs Stevens was looking forward to becoming a grandmother.

"We take the issue of crime against older people extremely seriously and remain committed to putting those responsible before the courts. We work to prevent such crimes, to catch those responsible for incidents which do occur and to help older people keep themselves and their home safe. We understand the effect that burglary can have on its victims and want to reassure the community that we are undertaking thorough and robust investigations into these crimes."

A post mortem is to be carried out to determine the cause of death.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

(CD)

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