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Death of elderly woman being treated as murder

Police were called to a house in Elm Lane in Lower Earley Credit: ITV Meridian

A murder investigation has been launched following the unexplained death of an elderly woman in Reading.

The woman who's in her eighties was found dead at a property in Elm Lane in Lower Earley - a man also in his eighties found at the scene with stomach injuries has been airlifted to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

A man, aged 88 from Reading, was arrested this afternoon on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.

“This is a very early stage in the investigation and we are in the process of determining the circumstances leading up to this woman’s death and the man’s injuries. However at this stage it appears to be an isolated incident with no other party involvement.

“Next of kin have been informed. Forensic examinations are taking place at the property and officers are likely to be there for some time.

"We would like to thank the local residents for their patience and tolerance while we carry out our investigation.”

– Det Ch Insp Mark Glover, leading the investigation

Man appears in court charged with murder

A man has appeared in court charged with murdering an 85-year-old woman in Kent.

Stuart Lay, 44, is accused of killing Jean Robertson in Sittingbourne. He was held after officers were called to a property in Rectory Road in the town on Thursday. Post-mortem examination results have not yet been revealed.

Lay, of Homewood Avenue in Sittingbourne, was charged with murder.

A police spokesman said he appeared at Medway Magistrates' Court this morning and was remanded in custody to appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday.


Man killed and buried in plastic bag is named

A person who was killed and buried in a plastic bag in Epping Forest has been identified as a man from Margate.

The body of 53-year old Hidir Aksakal, also known as Boxer Cetin and Musa Yakut, was found close to Hollow Ponds on Whipps Cross Road in North East London on Wednesday, 9th September.

Mr Aksakal, a Turkish national, lived in Margate, but had close links to the Green Lanes area of Haringey.

He was last seen in Green Lanes in the early hours of Monday, 17 August.

Murder victim Hidir Aksakal Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police were called by a member of the public after reports of a body, partially buried and wrapped in plastic, close to Hollow Ponds along Whipps Cross Road.

The body of a man was removed from the area on Thursday, 10th September.

The body was decomposed. It remains unclear how long it had been at the scene.

We are keen to hear from anyone who saw Mr Aksakal in the area or has any information about where he went afterwards. Mr Aksakal was well known locally as 'Boxer Cetin' or 'Cetin Boxer' and we are hopeful that those in the Green Lanes community may have information to help with our investigation. People should be reassured that they can speak to us in complete confidence

– Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Piscopo

Detectives are continuing to appeal for witnesses and information from anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the Hollow Ponds area over the last few weeks.

Man arrested in connection with fatal stabbing

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murder following reports of a disturbance in a flat in Sutherland Avenue, Bexhill earlier today.

Emergency services were called at 1.35pm after receiving a report of a stabbing.

A 20-year-old woman died at the scene.

Police carried out a search of the area for the suspect, who is known to the victim, and arrested a 21-year-old Bexhill man on suspicion of murder.

He is currently in custody.

"We are in the early stages of the investigation and are appealing to anyone who heard any disturbance or saw anything suspicious around this time in Sutherland Avenue to contact police."

– Detective Chief Inspector Mike Ashcroft, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team

Man in court over student's murder

Janet Muller's body was found in a burnt out car in Ifield in March Credit: ITV Meridian

A man accused of murdering a Sussex student is due in court later.

Janet Muller's body was found in a burnt out car in Ifield in March.

Christopher Jeffrey-Shaw, who's 26 and from London, is charged with her murder.

He's yet to enter a plea.


Remembering Samantha - balloon release to remember mother of four

It's been a day to remember a much-loved daughter and mother who was taken too soon.

The family and friends of Samantha Henderson who was murdered by her fiancee - gathered in the town where she lived in Dorset to share their memories.

They released balloons into the sky - to celebrate what would have been the mother-of-four's 26th birthday this coming week.

Juliette Fletcher sends this report.

Balloon release in memory of murdered mum of 4

Samantha Henderson's body was found in a lake in Hamworthy Credit: Dorset Police

Family and friends of murder victim Samantha Henderson will gather today to release balloons in her memory.

The body of the 25-year-old mother of four was found at Ham Common in Hamworthy on January the 30th - nine days after she went missing from her home in Corfe Castle.

Her former boyfriend, 28-year-old Dominic Isom was jailed for life for her murder.

Today Samantha's family and friends are gathering where she lived in Corfe Hill to release balloons as a special memorial.

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