Office cleaner battered to death in Canary Wharf on way home from night shift

Last updated at 13:51 29 February 2008

A bank cleaner who died from massive head injuries is thought to have been battered in a robbery as she walked home from work.

Lithuanian Ade Pukeliene, 57, who was found lying in the street with serious head injuries in Emerald Close, east London.

She was taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel where she received treatment, but was later pronounced dead.

Police officers are now hunting two men seen making off on a moped at speed about 20 minutes before she was discovered at 7am yesterday.

The widow, who lived in the street with her 35-year-old daughter, son-in-law and grandson, was only a short distance from her home when she was attacked.

She was walking home from a nightshift at a bank in nearby Canary Wharf after taking the Docklands Light Railway to Royal Albert station.

Police officers are checking a locker at her workplace to establish whether any of her possessions are missing.

Detective Chief Inspector Carl Mehta said the scooter or motorcycle did not have a registration plate and was possibly grey or silver in colour.

He said: "We know that between 6am and 7am that day there would have been many people from that area on their way to work.

"We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen Ade, and specifically two men on a scooter or motorcycle.

"We have sightings of them in the area from around 20 minutes before 7am.

"Anyone who may have seen such a vehicle, or have subsequently seen it abandoned, is asked to come forward and report to the incident room, or their local police station."

A post-mortem examination will take place at East Ham Mortuary today.

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