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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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"Long, agonising week" for family of murder victim

Pennie Davis Credit: Hampshire Police

The children and husband of Pennie Davis, who was stabbed to death in the New Forest, have released a statement a week since her death:

It has been a long, agonising week since our precious mum and wife was selfishly taken from us. We had no idea how many lives she had touched, as we have been overwhelmed by love and support. Despite this, the void in our hearts only continues to grow. The police have made progress, but there is still much more to be done. We only hope that no other family should ever have to go through the ordeal that we are currently facing. No other person deserves to ever have to go the way our poor mum and wife did. We will never begin to understand how scared and how alone she must have felt. This is why we are pleading for anybody with any information to come forward. Even if you think it won’t make a difference, it might just be the call we were waiting for.

– Family of Pennie Davis

Police given more time to question man over murder

Detectives have been given more time to question a 22-year-old man on suspicion of the murder of a mother-of-five who was found stabbed to death in a paddock as she tended to her horses.

Two men and a woman were arrested in connection with the murder of Penelope Davis, known as Pennie, 47. She was found by her husband, Pete, in a field in the New Forest near Beaulieu, Hampshire, on September 2nd.

The supermarket worker, from Blackfield, died of multiple stab wounds. Magistrates granted detectives a further 24 hours to continue questioning the man held on suspicion of murder.

A 37-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been bailed until October 23 and a 24-year-old woman also remains in custody.

Pennie Davis Credit: Hampshire Police

Police continue to appeal to the public for any information which may help the investigation. Specialist forensics police officers have carried out fingertip searches of the field and police have also increased patrols in the area to offer reassurance to residents.

– Hampshire police spokeswoman

Mr Davis, their children and the victim's parents have visited the paddock since the killing, leaving flowers with messages from each member of the family.

One of her daughters, Georgia, left a note saying: "Dearest mum, you were a goddess. I swear I'll make you proud. I like to think you're sitting there, watching on a cloud. You had so much more to give. You had so much more to do. But now I'll be your legacy. I'll do it all for you.

"You climbed the highest mountains, you walked the longest plains, you'll never be forgotten. Forever in our hearts. I love you to the moon and back."

The family through police said they were devastated by the death of a "remarkable person" and "devoted mother".

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Daughter leaves heartfelt tribute to Pennie Davis

Pennie Davis was found dead in New Forest, Hampshire. Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Pennie Davis' 18-year-old daughter Georgia has left a heartfelt note for her mother at a paddock near where her body was found.

Dearest mum, you were a goddess. I swear I'll make you proud. I like to think you're sitting there, watching on a cloud. You had so much more to give. You had so much more to do.

But now I'll be your legacy. I'll do it all for you. You climbed the highest mountains, you walked the longest plains, you'll never be forgotten. Forever in our hearts. I love you to the moon and back."

– Georgia Davies

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One arrested on suspicion of murder of Hampshire woman

Police have arrested three people in connection with the murder of Pennie Davis in the New Forest.

One person has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

One has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and the other has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

They remain in custody and the family have been informed.

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.

Police continue to increase patrols in the area to offer reassurance.

Three arrested over Pennie Davis murder

Hampshire Police have confirmed that three people have been arrested over the death of Pennie Davis.

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

Three have been arrested over the death of Pennie Davis Credit: Hants Police

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.

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

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