An 82-year-old grandmother was battered to death with a rolling pin in her own home, in what detectives have described as a "brutal" and "horrific" attack. Mary Logie was found dead in the living room of her flat after a concerned neighbour checked on her on Tuesday (5 January), after she failed to visit a friend in hospital as planned.

Police investigating her murder believe the motive for the attack may have been theft, however, there were no signs of forced entry to the house. Officers are said to be keeping an open mind as to whether Mrs Logie knew her killer as they piece together the final hours prior to her death. Officers have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries and examining CCTV footage.

A popular churchgoer, her death has left the small community of Leven in Fife reeling. Reverend Gilbert Nisbet, of Leven Parish Church, told Sky News: "The whole community is shocked. I have been the minister here for nine years and she came virtually every Sunday and I would chat to her at the door. Mary was friendly and outgoing, a kind lady who was bright and interesting to talk to.

"People are absolutely stunned", he added. "There are many church members here who will be alarmed such a thing could have happened within the community at Leven."

Mrs Logie has two sons and a daughter and had recently returned from spending Christmas with one of her sons in England Her family said in a statement: "Mary (Rae) Logie, a beloved mother, grandmother and friend will be sadly missed."

Anyone with information can call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.