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Man charged with mum's murder in the New Forest

Victim Pennie Davis Credit: Hampshire Police

Detectives investigating the murder of Pennie Davis in the New Forest have this afternoon charged a man with murder following a joint decision with the Crown Prosecution Service.

Justin Robertson, 36, of no fixed abode, is accused of murdering Pennie on September 2. He will remain in custody and appear before Southampton Magistrates Court on Monday morning. Her family has been informed.

John Montague, Senior District Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, said: 'I have authorised Hampshire Constabulary to charge Justin Robertson with the murder of Penelope Davis, 47, from Blackfield, on 2 September.

'It is alleged that Mrs Davis was found killed when she was tending to her horses in a paddock near Leygreen Farm in Beaulieu. Her husband Peter Davis found her dead; she had sustained several stab wounds.

'I carefully reviewed all the available evidence provided to me by Hampshire Constabulary and in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors I am satisfied that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and it is in the public interest to prosecute Justin Robertson with the murder of Penelope Davis.

'Proceedings are now ongoing and the defendants have the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.'

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Couple injured after bottle attack

A man was hit over the head with a bottle and his girlfriend punched in the head. Credit: Press Association Images

Hampshire Police have launched an investigation after a young couple were assaulted whilst on their way home from a night out during the early hours of this morning.

At around 1.30am today, the couple, who are both local, were walking home from the Rydal Public House in New MIlton when they were assaulted.

The man, 23, was hit over the head with a bottle, and his girlfriend, 22, punched in the head. They were taken to Bournemouth General Hospital for treatment.

The scene has been cordoned off for a crime scene investigation. Police are today conducting inquiries to find those responsible.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information which could help should call New Milton police on 101. Alternatively, information can be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

New Forest murder- Police given more time to question suspect

Detectives from Hampshire Constabulary’s Major Investigation Team have tonight been granted a further 25 hours to question a 36-year-old man in connection with the murder of Pennie Davis.

A 28-year-old woman from Hythe who was arrested yesterday morning on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder has been released on bail until November 3, pending further enquiries.

Police continue to ask people with information about Pennie’s murder to contact them in confidence.

In particular, they would like to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area of Pennie’s work at Sainsbury’s on Hampton Lane, Blackfield between 1.30 and 3pm, Tuesday, September 2.

Pennie, a 47-year-old mum of five from Blackfield, left work and drove in her dark green Toyota Land Cruiser to the field by Leygreen Farm near Beaulieu where she was found later that afternoon.

She suffered multiple stab wounds.

Woman arrested in Pennie Davis murder inquiry

A woman has been arrested this morning by detectives investigating the murder of Pennie Davis in the New Forest as a police appeal continues.

The 28-year-old from Hythe is currently being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

Also this morning, magistrates granted police a further 36 hours to detain in custody a 36-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police are asking people with information about Pennie’s murder to contact them in confidence.

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Man questioned about death of Pennie Davis

Police are today questioning a man on suspicion of the murder of Pennie Davis in the New Forest. Detectives are continuing to ask for anyone with information about Pennie’s death to come forward.

In particular, they would like to hear from anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area of Pennie’s work at Sainsbury’s in Hampton Lane, Blackfield, between 1.30 and 3pm, on Tuesday, 2 September.

Breaking news: Police arrest man in New Forest murder inquiry

Detectives in Hampshire have tonight arrested a man in connection with the murder of the Pennie Davis. The officers working on Operation Biscotti say the man has been detained on suspicion of murder.

The 36-year-old man was arrested in Southampton at 7.50pm and remains in police custody. The police say Pennie’s family has been informed.

Anyone with information about Pennie’s murder is asked to contact the Operation Biscotti investigation team on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

New Forest Murder: fresh appeal for information

Pennie Davis Credit: Hampshire Police

Detectives investigating the murder of Pennie Davis in the New Forest are appealing for specific information, one week on from the incident.

Officers believe it is possible Pennie may have been followed last Tuesday afternoon from where she worked to the field where she tended her horses.

The 47-year-old mum-of-five from Blackfield was found in the paddock that afternoon. She had died from multiple stab wounds.

Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anyone acting suspiciously around the Sainsbury’s supermarket on Hampton Lane, Blackfield, between 1pm and 3pm.

They would also like to hear from anyone who saw Pennie’s dark green Toyota Land Cruiser travelling between the supermarket and the field at Leygreen Farm between those times.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: “It’s been a week since Pennie was murdered and in that time we’ve made significant progress with more than 200 officers and staff working on the investigation.

“We’re continuing to follow up several lines of enquiry and I’m really grateful to everyone who has called in with information. Since the start of the appeal we’ve received more than 230 messages from the public.

“Pennie had recently starting renting out the field but not many people were aware of that. One of our lines of enquiry therefore is the possibility she was followed from Blackfield Sainsbury’s, where she’d been working that morning, to the paddock by Leygreen Farm.

“I’d ask anyone with information, no matter how small or insignificant you think it may be, to contact us.”

£5,000 reward offered to find killer of Pennie Davis

A reward of £5,000 has been offered in the hunt for the killer of a New Forest woman Pennie Davis.

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