TWO men have been arrested by police investigating the murder of 90-year-old Elsie Hughes.
A 32-year-old man from Buckley and a 37-year-old man from Ellesmere Port were arrested on Tuesday.
Both men have also been arrested on suspicion of deception offences allegedly committed against elderly people across Merseyside and North Wales.
And as part of the investigation a man and a woman, both believed to be 59 and from the Connah's Quay area, have been arrested on suspicion of offences of deception, also allegedly committed against elderly victims.
The arrests come almost six months to the day since the frail pensioner was beaten to death at her home in Abermorddu.
As she prepared for bed last September 8, she was kicked and stamped on by an intruder. She later died at Wrexham Maelor Hospital.
Several witnesses placed a man in a white hooded top in the vicinity of Mrs Hughes's home on the night she was murdered and an appeal was launched for witnesses.
Police have staged several high-profile appeals, the latest of which was for information about the whereabouts of a dark blue van with the registration number M690 KFX seen at the Crossways junction of Hawarden Road on the evening of the attack.
And in October Detective Chief Superintendent Ross Duffield, who has since retired, appeared on the BBC's Crimewatch programme alongside Mrs Hughes's granddaughter Helen Hutcheson.
The suspects were arrested on Tuesday morning at three different properties, two in North Wales and one in Ellesmere Port and searches by forensic teams were been carried out on Tuesday as the Mail went to press.
Marie Eagles who was visiting her mother in Alyn Road, Buckley, where one of the men was arrested, said: 'I was very surprised and shocked to see the police here. It was about 10.20am when I first saw them, there weren't any sirens or anything, just a lot of vehicles and people going in and out.
'They didn't even let the postman deliver letters. It's a big shock, the people who live there haven't been there for very long. This is normally a quiet area.'
Detective Superintendent Chris Corcoran, senior investigating officer in the case, said: 'We still urge people to call us if they have any information that may assist this inquiry.'
* Witnesses can call 0845 6071001 (Welsh language line), 0845 6071002 (English language line), or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 in complete confidence.