MAN HELD IN Mur­der probe

Ar­rest as po­lice in­ves­ti­gate woman’s sus­pi­cious death

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ Et­ben­truslove

DE­TEC­TIVES have launched a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a woman was found dead in a house in Peter­bor­ough.

DE­TEC­TIVES launched a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a woman was found dead in a house in Peter­bor­ough.

Po­lice cor­doned off the house, in Kings Road, Flet­ton, at about 10am yes­ter­day and ar­rested a 59-year-old man fol­low­ing the grim dis­cov­ery.

Scenes of Crime Of­fi­cers (Soco) combed the house and a small patch of land next to the street at the back of Maud Swift Court.

The iden­tity of the dead woman has not been re­leased but neigh­bours were shocked at the news and de­scribed the cou­ple who live at the house, thought to be in their late 50s or early 60s, as quiet and unas­sum­ing.

James Ser­plus, who lives in the street with his part­ner and two daugh­ters, said: “They would al­ways send Christ­mas cards and birth­day cards to my girls.

“Ev­ery­one on this street knows each other but they kept them­selves to them­selves.”

And Michael Kerr, who lives op­po­site the house, said: “They weren’t her­mits but they were in­tensely pri­vate. It is shock­ing that some­thing like this should hap­pen here.”

The of­fi­cers were called to the quiet street, which is off Flet­ton High Street, shortly af­ter 10am. About six po­lice cars and an am­bu­lance were spot­ted in the street and of­fi­cers were seen com­ing in and out of the house.

The cou­ple who live at the home were known in the area but were not thought to have any fam­ily lo­cally.

Mr Ser­plus said he only saw the pair when they walked to church ev­ery Sun­day.

But they were also reg­u­lars in the Wool­pack pub in North Street, Stan­ground, where they were known to visit most Sun­day af­ter­noons.

Owner Linda Marks said: “They’ve been com­ing here for as long as I’ve been here. They would chat to ev­ery­one.

“She was re­ally lovely. And they al­ways walked ev­ery­where hand in hand.”

An­other Kings Road res­i­dent, Shane Slater, said the woman would of­ten bring them pears from her gar­den.

His gran Irene Steels, who also lives in the street, said: “They were very pri­vate. We never saw any­one go­ing in the house.

“They have been here over 20 years. I don’t re­ally see him at all but she was a

quiet: Kings Road in Flet­ton where a woman’s body was found. lovely, very well-spo­ken lady.”

A po­lice spokesman said: “We were called to re­ports of a sud­den death at an ad­dress in Kings Road, Flet­ton, Peter­bor­ough, shortly af­ter 10am to­day.

“The death is be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious and a 59-year-old man has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of mur­der.

“He is cur­rently in cus­tody at Thorpe Wood Po­lice Sta­tion.”

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