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Ex-police officer questioned

Esack Hair and Beauty in High Street, Ashford Photo: PA

Detectives are today questioning a former police officer over the murder of his hairdresser wife who was stabbed to death in her high street salon.

The victim, named locally as Natalie Esack, died following the attack at Esack Hair and Beauty in High Street, Ashford, Kent, yesterday morning.

Kent Police are holding a 38-year-old man in custody after he was arrested on suspicion of murder following the incident. Officers say he is known to the victim.

It is understood that the suspect is the victim's husband Ivan Esack, a former officer with Kent Police who now works as a football agent.

No customers were inside the hair and beauty salon at the time of the attack although another member of staff was present.

Police confirmed that a post-mortem examination will to be carried out on the victim later today to establish an exact cause of death.

Neighbours said Mrs Esack had moved out of the home she shared with her husband after splitting from him around a month ago.

Business owners close to her hair salon said they heard screams from the shop yesterday morning.

A scenes of crimes officers enters Esack Hair and Beauty in High Street, Ashford Credit: PA

Charles Goodwin, 49, who runs a mortgage company three doors along from Esack Hair and Beauty, said he had seen Mrs Esack on the morning of her death.

He told reporters: "I heard a scream, a loud scream. I thought it was just kids messing about."

Mr Goodwin, who arranged the couple's joint mortgage eight years ago, described Mrs Esack as a "really lovely bubbly character".

A Kent Police spokeswoman said: "Police were called to the High Street by the South East Coast Ambulance Service at 9.40am.

"A 38-year-old Ashford man was arrested at 10.40am at an address in the town on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.

"The woman who died and the man arrested were known to each other.

"The family of the woman, who is believed to have been aged in her 30s, has been notified."

The section of the street around Esack Hair and Beauty remained closed yesterday evening while specialist scenes of crime investigators examined the area.

The website for Mr Esack's business IAE Football, which is based in the same street as his wife's hairdresser's, states: "Ivan Anthony Esack is a former police officer, who spent several years working as a criminal investigator for one of the country's largest police forces.

"During my time as a police officer I encountered many different people from a whole range of interesting and diverse backgrounds.

"However, my first love has always been football and it has been my ultimate dream to be involved in the football industry.

"In January 2010 I left the police force and embarked on the tough process of obtaining my player's agent license.

"I'm pleased to say that I was successful in passing the agents exam at the first attempt and obtained the necessary insurance and signed the code of conduct, which resulted in the Football Association issuing my license."

The site says that Mr Esack is a keen Middlesbrough supporter and continues: "My main motivation in being a football agent is that I care passionately about the game and I feel I have the life experience to advise and look after the everyday needs of professional footballers and coaches."

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