Residents' shock at Ipswich death as man arrested on suspicion of murder
PUBLISHED: 15:12 01 December 2018 | UPDATED: 17:17 01 December 2018
Neighbours have reacted with shock after a man was arrested suspicion of murder following a woman's death in an Ipswich home.
Police were called to an address in Meridian Rise, near Cemetery Road, earlier this morning following a call from paramedics at 8.20am, who found the deceased woman, aged in her 40s, in the property.
Residents living in the road appeared shocked at the news of the death, which is being treated as suspicious.
A man, also aged in his 40s, has been arrested and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.
Alicia Remirez, who lives in Meridian Rise, spoke of her surprise at the news.
“I am so shocked,” she said.
“This is a really quiet area and we have lived here since the house was built. Nothing like this has ever happened before.
“These types of things just don’t happen here. It’s not something that I am very used to seeing.
“But this type of stuff does happen I suppose. I can’t really believe it.
“It is a good community around here, we feel very safe and we don’t have any problems at all.”
A police car was parked outside the front of the property and two forensic vans could be seen close by.
The blinds were pulled across the windows of the house and shadows could be seen moving around inside a lit room.
Ward councillor Oliver Holmes said: “The police have notified me of this tragic incident and my thoughts go out to the relatives and friends of the victim.
“Meridian Rise is a comparatively new development but residents have established a friendly and close community. I am sure they are very shocked at today’s events.”
Another resident, who wished to remain nameless, lives in a nearby property.
She said: “I’ve seen the people there come and go a little bit. They generally keep themselves to themselves. They are quite quiet.
“As far as I know it is a couple that live over there.
“We are really shocked. It is a really nice area and it shows you don’t really ever know what’s going on behind closed doors.
Meridian Rise is located on a housing estate which is just off Woodbridge Road.
A man who arrived home from work to the scene said: “I can’t believe it. You would never expect it to be so close to your home. I’m a little bit speechless.
“I hope that the police manage to find out what happened.”
Steve Pipe, landlord of the nearby Grand Old Duke of York pub, said: “We only have a few people from the area come in here but we have a community. This is a small, fun music pub and one of the locals would tell us if anything untoward was happening nearby. I’m very shocked, this is a very sad and pointless thing.”
Officers are asking for anyone who has any information in relation to this incident or heard or saw any suspicious activity is asked to contact Suffolk Constabulary on 101, quoting CAD number 77 of December 1 2018.
Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Steve Corbett, said: “We remain in the early stages of our investigation and our enquiries remain ongoing.
“However, it appears that the suspect and the victim were known to each other and we do not believe there to be any threat to the wider public.”