Archaeologists have made a dramatic discovery in Wiltshire, which has led to the town of Amesbury now officially being declared the oldest settlement in Britain.
It was previously thought that Thatcham in Berkshire held the honour. But carbon dating of objects dug up 40 miles west of Thatcham - in Amesbury, now reveal that humans have lived there - for more than ten millennia.
The revelation has also thrown new light on why Stonehenge was built close to the Wiltshire town. Martin Dowse reports.
We can confirm that the deceased lady has been formally identified as Deborah Simister of Maple Way, Amesbury. Please also be advised that James Roy Simister who is charged with her murder is now due to appear at Winchester Crown Court on 14th June.
Wiltshire Police have confirm that James Roy Simister, aged 50, of Maple Way, Amesbury has been charged with the murder of a 45 year old woman. He is due to appear at Salisbury Magistrates Court this morning.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the discovery of a fatally injured woman in Wiltshire.
Police were called to an address in Maple Way, Amesbury, shortly before 10:15pm last night, where they found a 45-year-old woman with serious injuries.
She was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital but later died.
A 49-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody, a Wiltshire Police spokeswoman confirmed.
The investigation will be led by the major crime investigation team under Operation Brunel and at this early stage it would be inappropriate to release further details regarding the circumstances of the death.
The major crime investigation team supported by uniformed colleagues will be carrying out enquiries in the area and anyone who has information is asked to contact Wiltshire Police on 101.
– Wiltshire Police spokeswoman
The victim has not yet formally been identified but her next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out on later today.