Police have released an “extremely distressing” 999 call made by a pensioner who suffered a heart attack and died shortly after being burgled.
Former air stewardess, Maureen Whale, 77, was at home in Barnet, north London, on the evening of December 4, when two men broke in and stole her handbag.
She was able to dial 999 and was speaking to a call handler when she collapsed and suffered a coronary attack due to stress.
Miss Whale, who was described as being “fiercely independent” was able to tell the call handler, “I’m shaking, I’m sorry”, before adding, “I can’t talk, I’m sorry”.
The operator, who alerted the ambulance service, could be heard pleaing: “Maureen, hang on in there please”, but there was no response.
Miss Whale was taken to hospital in a critical condition, but died the following day.