A man has been arrested in relation to the murder of a 89-year-old woman.

Dorothy Woolmer was pronounced dead after police were called to her home in Waltheof Gardens at around 10.45am on Sunday (August 4).

Her next of kin have been informed.

Officers believe the suspect(s) gained entry to Ms Woolmer's house at some point between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

A 22-year-old man was arrested in the Tottenham area on suspicion of murder shortly before 6pm on Monday (August 5).

He has been taken into custody at a north London police station.

Enquiries are ongoing. Officers say they retain an open mind at this early stage but they haven’t ruled out burglary as a motive

Horrified neighbours paid tribute to Ms Woolmer and deemed the murder "absolutely disgusting".

Detective Chief Inspector Garry Moncrieff of Specialist Crime said: “The woman had clearly been assaulted and, as such, a murder investigation has been launched.

“I want to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious in and around Waltheof Gardens and the surrounding area on Saturday night or Sunday morning."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 3149/04aug.

To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.