Man charged with murder of 85-year-old woman in Ilford

Officers investigating the death of an 85-year-old woman in Ilford on Friday, April 9 have charged a man with her murder.

Mark Herman, 54, of Rushden Gardens, Ilford, was charged on Saturday, April 10. He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Redbridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday, April 12.

Police were called to Rushden Gardens at 10:51am on Friday, April 9. Officers attended with paramedics from the London Ambulance Service. An 85-year-old woman was found unconscious and not breathing.

She was pronounced dead shortly before midday.

A post-mortem examination has confirmed that the cause of her death was compression to the neck.

A formal identification has yet to take place, but detectives are confident that the woman is Loretta Herman.

Her family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Mick Ferris

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