A 90-YEAR-OLD badly hurt in a mugging has died in hospital.
Mrs Connie Mitchell, a well known resident of Meltham, suffered head injuries when she fell to the ground during the robbery.
Her handbag was snatched in Meltham on Monday, February 27.
She was walking on Coniston Road when a small blue car pulled alongside her.
The driver reached out of his window and wrenched the handbag from her grasp.
The force of the attack floored the pensioner, who is thought to have hit her head as she fell to the pavement. The robber then sped off.
Police believe the car was driven from Coniston Road into Holmfirth Road and was last seen travelling in the direction of Meltham village.
Mrs Mitchell was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where she remained seriously ill until her death at 7am on Tuesday.
A West Yorkshire Police spokeswoman confirmed: "Mrs Mitchell died from complications as a result of a head injury she got in the incident."
The investigation is being headed by Det Supt Andy Brennan from West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.
A press conference was due to be held at Huddersfield Police Station today, when senior detectives were due to reveal more information about the case.
Police arrested two Halifax men aged 24 and 25 in connection with the inquiry on Monday, March 6.
They were bailed pending further inquiries.
Officers also recovered a car they believe was used in the crime. It is a blue Citroen AX, registration K225 HWY.
The car was seen at Morrisons petrol station in Meltham on the morning of the robbery and had been bought from a garage at Luddenden Foot near Halifax on February 22.
At the time of sale, the car had a union flag painted on the roof, but this had disappeared before the robbery and the car had new wheel trims. Police are keen to know where the car was between February 22 and March 6.
Mrs Mitchell, a widow, had lived in Meltham for 50 years and was very well known.
Meltham Town Council member Shirley Watson said: "The mood in the village is one of great shock and sadness.
"Mrs Mitchell was a happy, contented and independent person who loved walking down to the shops in the village centre."
Mrs Mitchell worshipped at Meltham Methodist Church and was a tireless worker at fundraising events there.
She also did a lot of work for the Liberal Democrat party in Meltham.
Detective today re-appealed for anyone with information to contact them.
Phone Huddersfield CID on 01484 436685 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.