A £20,000 reward stands for information leading to the arrest of the persons who murdered an elderly woman ten years ago.

Molly Morgan, 81, of Streatfield Road, Harrow was attacked as she made her way to Kenton Library at around 7.40pm on January 15, 2009.

Muggers targeted Mrs Morgan for the contents of her handbag.

As her bag was stolen, she fell to the ground hitting her head and the left side of her body. Mrs Morgan was taken to Northwick Park Hospital where her condition deteriorated and she died the following day.

She had suffered a broken arm and multiple fractures to her face.

A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as subdural haematoma.

Molly Morgan

Scotland Yard said Mrs Morgan’s brown leather-effect shoulder bag was stolen as she made her way to a lecture at the library.

The bag contained an empty Sainsbury’s carrier bag, an electrical extension lead and a brown and gold Primark umbrella.

Police said the extension lead and handbag were seen in Northwick Avenue, Kenton near to the junction with Rushout Avenue, at 9pm the night of the murder.

The extension lead was recovered the following day - but the handbag had disappeared and has never been traced.

Witnesses reported seeing two young men running along Streatfield Road towards Kenton Library immediately after the attack. And a man wearing grey jogging bottoms was seen walking ahead of Mrs Morgan in Streatfield Road.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Partridge, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: “It has now been ten years since Mrs Morgan was murdered and despite extensive enquiries, we have never been able to bring her killers to justice.

“Mrs Morgan was an active and highly respected member of her community who was killed for the worthless contents of her handbag. Her family miss her dearly and cling to the hope that someone will now do the right thing and come forward as they continue to search for justice.

“With the passage of time people and loyalties change, and those who did not come forward at the time now have an opportunity to help solve this tragic case, search their conscience and do the right thing.

"A substantial reward is available for information, this is a significant amount of money and this tragic anniversary is the right time to come forward.”

Mrs Morgan's distinct brown leather-effect shoulder bag

Four men were arrested in connection with the investigation on July 28, 2010 but were later released with no further action.

Mrs Morgan lived in Harrow for over 50 years.

She was a member of the Royal Horticultural Society and held a nearby allotment.

She also sat on the London committee of the Worker Education Association.

She was married to William Morgan for more than 40 years. He died in November 1997.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 0208 358 0300.

If you wish to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org

Molly Morgan