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Murder investigation launched after death of woman in Lytchett Matravers
Updated 9:19am Saturday 21st September 2013 in News
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- DETECTIVES have launched a murder investigation following the death of a 62-year-old woman in Lytchett Matravers.
- The woman was discovered in a rear garden of a property in Wareham Road at 8.45am this morning. She died in hospital a short time later.
- The scene has been cordoned off.
- A 73-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Police have confirmed a knife has been recovered from the scene.
A post-mortem is expected to take place tonight, but the name of the deceased will not be made public until the opening of an inquest into her death next week.
The next of kin have now been made aware.
Jim says more police officers have just left the scene. The cordon remains in place.
Reporter Jim Durkin has called to say scenes of crime officers have just left.
A police officer remains on the cordon at the driveway and a couple of police patrol cars are in the road.
Forensics have now left the scene of a property on Wareham Rd, Lytchett Matravers @Bournemouthecho— @SallyDailyEcho 20 September 2013
Resident Josh Walter said: “I didn’t know them and I have lived here all my life as well. I've only just seen it. It’s a massive shock.”
Sophie Sutton, who lives in Wareham Road, said: "I just live up the road and I saw all the police cars arriving. I was on my way out at the time and when I drove past I saw about seven police cars. I then saw the crime scene vans arriving.
"It is really, really sad. I just can't believe it."
Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said they were saddened and upset with what has happened.
Gail Phillips, 42, also of Burbidge Close, said she saw the police arrive at the house on her way back from the school run.
“We saw one police car turn up and then the officer came running out to the car for a first aid bag. Then I saw another police car turn up, and another one and another one.
“Five minutes later the ambulance arrived, followed by another police officer carrying a camera.
“I thought oh goodness me, something is not right here. It is very, very sad and shocking that something like this has happened.”
Gail said a couple lived there and she’d often pass pleasantries with the man.
“I would see the man there pottering in his garden when I walked past on the school run. He’d say hello and good morning.”
3 Police vehicles and 2 forensics on the scene of a property on Wareham Rd, Lytchett Matravers @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/ISnaSM3WGu— @SallyDailyEcho 20 September 2013
Graham Young, who lives in nearby Burbidge Close, said a couple live at the address.
“We don’t really know them. We know of them, just to say hello but that’s it.
“When you go by walking the kids to school you would say hello and that is it.
“I think they basically kept themselves to themselves. This is a bit bizarre.”
His wife Fiona Young said: “When I went to the shops at 9.30am I saw all the cops and the ambulance. You do hear of it on the news don’t you but you don’t expect it on your own door step.”
Police and forensics on the scene of a property on Wareham Rd, Lytchett Matravers @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/3cc9GCGkGT— @SallyDailyEcho 20 September 2013
We've had some pictures back from our photographer Jon at the scene:
Jim says scene of crime examiners wearing white overalls are going in and out of the house carrying equipment.
Neighbours in Wareham Road are reluctant to say anything at the moment.
Jim Durkin is at the scene and says the property sealed off is a detatched house.
One police officer is standing on the cordon outside the address.
There are three police vehicles there and two crime scene vans.
DI Marcus Hester, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We have launched an investigation into the circumstances of this incident and it is very important that anyone with any information contacts Dorset Police as soon as possible.
“Any witnesses should call 101 quoting incident number 20:73 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”
A Dorset Police spokesman said they are treating the death as suspicious and a 73-year-old Poole man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
It is believed the arrested man was known to the deceased.
Next of kin are yet to be made aware. The coroner has been informed.
Detectives have launched a murder investigation this morning following the death of a woman in Lytchett Matravers.
Officers were called to an address in Wareham Road at 8.45am following reports that a woman had suffered a serious injury in her rear garden.
When they arrived they found a 62-year-old local woman with life threatening injuries.
She was rushed to Poole Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.
@Bournemouthecho do you know what's happening in wareham rd, Lytchett Matravers?— @Lovesuvy1 20 September 2013
@Bournemouthecho there were 7police cars and some ambulance cars - now there are 2 'scientific investigation' vans?!— @Lovesuvy1 20 September 2013
Our Poole reporter Jim Durkin is on his way to the scene to bring us some updates
Police have been called to Lytchett Matravers this morning investigating what has been described as a "very serious incident".
A number of police vehicles are at the scene in Wareham Road along with crime scene examiners.
Dorset Police are expecting to release a statement shortly.
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