Murder inquiry launched after body found in New Forest

Hampshire Constabulary have launched a murder inquiry after the discovery of a body in a field in the New Forest.

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Police searching river for murder weapon

Pennie Davis was found stabbed to death Credit: Hampshire Police

Police investigating the murder of Pennie Davis are searching the river by the field where she was found for the murder weapon.

The 47-year-old's body was found in a paddock near Leygreen Farm north of Beaulieu on Tuesday afternoon.

Pennie had been attacked in the field by an as yet unknown assailant or assailants. She suffered multiple stab wounds.

Officers are today searching the shallow river that runs alongside the paddock as part of a wider search for the weapon.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: “We believe the weapon used was a bladed item, possibly a knife, and that it would have most likely been discarded close to the scene.

“Our officers have been working round the clock following up on a number of enquiries and I’d like to thank everyone who has contacted us with information as a result of our appeal.

"We’ve had a fantastic response, receiving more than 150 calls since yesterday. “It’s vital we continue to hear from people who were in the area of Leygreen Farm between 2pm and 5pm on Tuesday.

"Did you see Pennie or her dark green coloured Toyota Land Cruiser which she drove from work in Blackfield to the field?

"Did you see or hear anyone acting suspiciously, possibly running away from the scene?”

"Pennie’s death has come as a shock to many people in the local community and I want to reassure them that we are doing everything we can to investigate her murder.

“As part of our enquiries, we are talking to people in the area to find out more about Pennie and the circumstances leading to her death.

"Understandably, people will have concerns and suspicions, but I would ask you to contact us with any information and please be aware that speculation, particularly on social media, is not always helpful.

“Pennie’s death has also been felt across the wider community of horse riders and owners.

"While we can rule nothing out at this stage, there is no evidence of any harm to Sprattley, the horse Pennie was tending to at the time, or any other horses nearby.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Operation Biscotti investigation team in confidence on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

River search near field where murder victim was found


Investigations into death of mother of 5 continue

Penny Davies was found dead in Beaulieu on Tuesday Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of a mother of five in Hampshire.

The body of 47 year old Pennie Davies was found in a field in Beaulieu on Tuesday afternoon. She had been stabbed. She had worked at the Southern Daily Echo in Southampton.

"Yes she left us three years ago, but she was such a live wire, she was just such a character. She was so wonderful. You know you always have a day when you feel a bit down, she never was."

– Iain Murray, Editor Southern Daily Echo


  1. Martin Dowse

Police investigate Pennie Davies murder in New Forest

Mother-of-five Pennie Davies was found in a field in the New Forest Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

A murder investigation is underway in the outskirts of Beaulieu in the New Forest. The area is usually a quiet, picturesque part of Hampshire.

However, on Tuesday afternoon, mother-of-five, Penelope Davis - known as Pennie - was found with multiple stab wounds in a paddock on Leygreen Farm in Beaulieu on Tuesday. Police say the 47-year-old was tending to her horses when she was murdered.

Our Correspondent, Martin Dowse sent this report.

Police appeal for information about woman's death

A murder investigation is underway after a woman's body was found in a field in the New Forest.

Police were called to Lyndhurst Road in Beaulieu on Tuesday afternoon. Detectives say it appears the 47-year-old woman - named as mother of five Penelope Davies, known as Pennie, was tending her horse before her death.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. Detective Superintendent Paul Barton from Hampshire Police gave a press conference near the scene.

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