Man arrested on suspicion of murder over woman’s death

PUBLISHED: 16:26 10 March 2020 | UPDATED: 18:34 10 March 2020

Mill Hill in Capel St Mary. PicturE: SOPHIE BARNETT

Mill Hill in Capel St Mary. PicturE: SOPHIE BARNETT


A man from Ipswich has been arrested in connection with the unexplained death of an elderly woman in Suffolk last month.

Police officers were called to the address near Mill Hill in Capel St Mary 12.50pm on Monday February 17 after concerns for the welfare of the 88-year-old woman.

Ambulance crews were called to the property and were first on the scene where they discovered the body of the woman, who has not been named.

While the death was not initially considered to be suspicious, Suffolk Constabulary launched further inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Police said as a result of the investigation detectives now had reason to believe there may have been third party involvement in the woman's death.

A 43-year-old man was subsequently arrested this morning, Tuesday March 10, on suspicion of murder.

He has been taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Sue Carpendale, Babergh District councillor for Capel St Mary, was 'shocked' to hear the news and said: 'It is incredibly sad and shocking for something like this to happen in Capel.

'It is so difficult for everyone involved.'

She called it yet another tragedy for the village after the brutal murder of pensioner of Joan Albert in 2001 - her killer Simon Hall finally confessed to prison authorities in 2013 after denying the crime for over a decade.

Mrs Carpendale said it took years for the community to recover from the horrific stabbing and that this latest incident is 'very disturbing' to hear.

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