POLICE in Strathclyde yesterday issued a fresh appeal for information on the murder of a frail pensioner, saying the public response so far had been very poor.

Mrs Emily Mutch, 77, was found beaten to death in the bedroom of her Glasgow flat on Friday. It is believed the widow, who lived alone, had been in bed when she was attacked.

She had returned to her home in a sheltered housing complex in Garnethill a week earlier after being released from hospital where she had undergone psychiatric treatment.

Detective Superintendent Bob Lauder, in charge of the murder inquiry, said yesterday: ``I am extremely disappointed with the lack of public response following my appeals for information following the death of Mrs Mutch.

``I would again urge anyone who has any information, or anyone who may have been in Buccleuch Street, Rose Street, or Cambridge Street, Glasgow, between 7pm on Thursday, July 4, and 8.30am on Friday, July 5, who may have seen anything suspicious to contact the police.''

The most likely explanation for the murder, police believe, is robbery. Although there was no sign of a break-in, Mrs Mutch often left her door unlocked. She had returned home on the day of the murder from a day-care centre in Shettleston which she attended regularly.