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Murder probe launched after woman found dead in village home

Crime WorldBy Sunday World
Murder probe launched after woman found dead in village home

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was found dead in a village home.

The body of the victim, in her early 50s, was discovered in Crowthorne, Berkshire, just before 11.30pm on Sunday, Thames Valley Police said.

A 55-year-old man who was found at the property with stab wounds was taken to hospital in a critical condition, and has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Detective Chief Inspector Ailsa Kent said: "A murder investigation has begun following the discovery of a woman's body in a house in Crowthorne. Although we are in the early stages of conducting inquiries, this is thought to have been an isolated incident and it is believed the victim was known to the offender.

"I would like to appeal for any witnesses who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in that area at around the time of the incident.

"Officers will be present in the area of Ellis Road and anyone who has any information or concerns can approach an officer to speak to them."

Police said the woman's family has been told.

One neighbour said the police investigation was focused on the home of a man whose wife died around 18 months ago.

He said: "He has a dog and goes on walks around the neighbourhood and says hello. He seems like a nice chap.

"It's a quiet area, you get a few burglaries like everywhere does but you don't expect anything other than that."