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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.


Investigation into murder of 'devoted mother of five'

Pennie Davis Credit: Hampshire Police

“We are devastated by the death of our beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend.

“Pennie was a remarkable person. She was a devoted mother of five children who worked hard to ensure that they had everything they needed. She cared for and supported them in everything they did.

“In May she married her love, Pete, at a joyful occasion surrounded by her loved ones.

“Pennie was the kind of woman who once she became your friend she was a friend for life. We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and grief that her death has caused.

“She was particularly close to her mother who is devastated by her death and who joins the whole family in appealing to everyone for help in finding the perpetrator of this crime.”

Woman found in field died from 'multiple stab wounds'

We are investigating the death of Pennie Davis. Pennie was 47-years-old, and a mother of five. Her body was found by her husband at a paddock on Leygreen Farm, Beaulieu, on Tuesday afternoon. A post mortem examination conducted yesterday revealed that Pennie died as a result of multiple stab wounds and we immediately launched a murder enquiry.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, Hampshire Police
Pennie Davis Credit: Hampshire Police

We urgently need to trace and speak to witnesses. We want to speak to anyone who was in the area of the paddock by Leygreen Farm on Tuesday afternoon between 2pm and 5pm. This is just north of Beaulieu and a popular route used by local commuters from Lymington to Southampton to avoid Lyndhurst. We believe there will have been tourists in this area at the time as well as commuters, walkers, and people out fishing in the adjacent river.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, Hampshire Police

Anyone who thinks they can help is urged to call us as soon as possible by dialling 101 and asking for Op Biscotti. Information can also be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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Police appeal after body found in New Forest

Police are treating the death of a woman whose body was discovered in New Forest yesterday afternoon as suspicious. Police said it appears she was tending her horse prior to her death.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, leading the investigation,said:

We are treating the discovery of a woman's body in Beaulieu as murder.

I would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area of Lyndhurst Road, Beaulieu yesterday, Tuesday 2nd September between 2pm and 5pm to contact us.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Barton
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