Police have launched an investigation after a woman in her 60's was found dead at a Beckenham home last night.

Officers were called by the London Ambulance Service shortly after 11pm on Thursday, July 18 to the property in Oakwood Avenue following concerns for a woman believed to be inside.

A woman was later found unresponsive and suffering from head injuries.

Unfortunately, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

While formal identification has not taken place, officers are confident that the victim is 61-year-old Diane Dyer.

Her next-of-kin have been informed.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place this afternoon as homicide detectives from Specialist Crime continue with their investigations.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, who is leading the investigation, said: "This is a tragic incident and we are supporting Diane’s family at this difficult time.

"I would like to reassure the community that this is thought to be an isolated incident and we believe Diane knew her attacker.

"My officers are working around the clock to apprehend the person responsible, however we also need the public’s help.

"Did you see or hear anything suspicious on the evening of Thursday, July 18 in the Oakwood Avenue area? If so, we need to hear from you.

"Please contact the incident room as soon as possible or call Crimestoppers anonymously.”

No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room number on 020 8721 4054 or police on 101 quoting CAD 9363/18JUL.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or by visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.