Police quiz man in suicide probe

POLICE have questioned a man on suspicion of aiding a suicide after the sudden death of a celebrated fundraiser in a Suffolk town.

POLICE have questioned a man on suspicion of aiding a suicide after the sudden death of a celebrated fundraiser in a Suffolk town.

It is understood 80-year-old Rosemary Schlee, made an MBE for services to Oxfam nine years ago, was found dead on Thursday afternoon at an address in Melton.

Later that evening, a 52-year-old man from Woodbridge was arrested by police. He was interviewed and released on police bail until next Tuesday , when he will return to Felixstowe police station.

A Suffolk police spokeswoman said: “Police are treating the death as unexplained at this time and are undertaking enquiries to establish the circumstances surrounding the death.

“A Home Office post mortem was conducted today but failed to establish a cause of death so further tests are required.

“A 52-year-old Woodbridge male was arrested at 6.30pm on Thursday on suspicion of aiding or abetting a suicide.”

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Mrs Schlee began an innovative bed and breakfast charity project in 1984, which saw a third of the takings from her business at Deben Lodge, in Melton Road, Melton, going to Oxfam.

She went on to persuade many other people across Suffolk to become hosts to raise money in the same way. When she was made an MBE, she said she hoped the recognition would help the scheme develop further.

Neighbours have reported how there was intense police activity in Melton Road, the main road into Woodbridge from Melton, on Thursday.

Four police cars were seen and men wearing protective clothing were spotted entering a house.