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Woman’s corpse found on queen’s holiday estate

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LONDON: British police are treating the discovery of a body on the queen’s Sandringha­m estate as murder.

A woman’s body was found on the vast estate in eastern England on New Year’s Day. Detective Chief Inspector Jes Fry said authoritie­s were examining missing person reports and unsolved cases.

“We are at the very early stages of the investigat­ion and it could be a complex inquiry,” Fry said yes- terday. “The body has been there for some time.”

A member of the public found the body in a woodland at Anmer, a village 185km north-east of London. The village, part of the Sandringha­m estate, is home to several dozen people and sits 5km from Sandringha­m House, which has served as a private residence for British monarchs since 1862.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip spent part of the holiday season there and were at Sandringha­m House on New Year’s Day.

Sandringha­m Estate’s website says the entire estate is spread over 8 000 hectares. There are 240ha of woods and countrysid­e open to the public free of charge all year. The estate employs more than 100 full-time staff.

Buckingham Palace referred all questions about the body’s discovery back to police. – Sapa-ap

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