Police trying to identify woman's body

POLICE officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body in a Suffolk village.

Lizzie Parry

POLICE officers are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a body in a Suffolk village.

Mystery still surrounds the incident in Bentley after the body of a woman was found close to a car which had been on fire.

Suffolk police were called just before 7pm on Sunday night to a bridle way just off Bentley Road near to the A12 to reports of a car on fire.

The blaze also spread to a shed and police officers alerted Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service to the incident.

The body of a female, believed to be middle-aged, was found about five feet from the rear of the vehicle.

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Suffolk police launched their inquiry yesterday morning, working to try and identify the female.

Her death is being treated as unexplained at the moment and it has been referred to the coroner.

A post mortem examination took place yesterday and the results are due today.

Police officers erected a cordon spanning around half a mile from the junction of Bentley Road and the Old London Road, with the junction in the village with Station Road.

Neighbours living near to the cordon awoke yesterday unaware of the drama which had been unfolding the previous night.

The cordon remained in place while police officers scoured the area conducting their inquiries into the matter.

A spokeswoman for the fire service said they had received a call from Suffolk police at about 6.50pm on Sunday.

One crew from Princes Street fire station were sent to the scene, and upon arrival they requested further back-up and were joined by another engine from Princes Street.

Firefighters were faced with a car which was reported to be well alight and which had spread to a nearby shed.

The blaze was under control by about 7.45pm.

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident should contact Suffolk police on 01473 613500.