Felixstowe murder suspect and victim knew each other, police say
- Credit: Su Anderson
The man arrested on suspicion of murder at an address in Felixstowe is expected to remain in hospital overnight, police have said.
On arrival at the property in Gosford Way a woman, believed to be in her 60s, was discovered with serious injuries.
The East of England Ambulance Service received a call at 10.41pm to reports of a woman in cardiac arrest.
Paramedics worked to save her life but despite their best efforts she was declared dead at the scene, an ambulance spokesman said.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the death and will be questioned by detectives at Martlesham Police Investigation Centre when he is released from hospital.
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Police say the suspect and the victim knew each other.
A police cordon remains in place at the property near the Margery Girling House sheltered complex while officers carry out an investigation.
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A section of the road encompassing around 15 homes was closed until this evening, when police lifted the restriction – and a police spokeswoman added that a police presence remains in the area to provide public reassurance and to answer any concerns.
Two public footpaths – one of which runs between the rear gardens of properties between Gosford Way and Looe Road, and another which links the two roads and is used as a short cut to reach the Spar store in High Road East – are also taped off.
Mayor of Felixstowe Doreen Savage said she was shocked to hear of the incident.
She said: “I feel so sad for the victim and also sad for the victim’s family – it’s a dreadful and tragic thing to have happened.
“The tenor of that part of our town is one of peace and serenity and I am very shocked. I just hope the police will be able to reassure people in the area of their personal safety.”
Gosford Way, opposite the ancient church of St Peter and St Paul, is a mixture of private and social housing winding round a large green, with a children’s play area in one corner and Old Felixstowe Community Centre on its edge.
There is a large area of family housing, but the area which has been cordoned off is all bungalows, mostly occupied by older people.
Anyone who was in the area at the time or who has any information in relation to the incident is asked to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.