Detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team have more time to question a man, who was arrested earlier today, on suspicion of murdering a woman on the Isle of Wight.
Police were called to a house in St. John’s Road shortly after 1.30am this morning (Friday, May 25, 2012). The body of a woman, aged in her 50s from the Isle of Wight, was found at the address.
A 53-year-old man from the Isle of Wight was arrested at 1.50am at the address on suspicion of murder. He can now be questioned in police custody until tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, May 26, 2012) following an application by detectives to a police superintendent.
Hampshire Constabulary family liaison officers are keeping next-of-kin informed about the progress of the investigation.
A post-mortem examination is continuing this evening (Friday, May 25, 2012).
Detectives cannot speculate on the cause of death while a suspect is being interviewed. However, there remains no information to suggest a wider risk to the community at this time.
Police will not be able to name the victim in the media until all formal identification procedures are completed.
The house in St. John’s Road remains sealed off to preserve evidence.
Detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team (HMIT) are pursuing several lines of enquiry to confirm the full circumstances surrounding this death.
One main line of enquiry is to establish exactly how the victim was injured.
Police would like to thank members of the public for their help with enquiries in the community so far.
Anyone with information can contact CID at Newport police station by phoning 101 and asking for the Operation Passfield team. Mini-com users can phone 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independ= ent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
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