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‘She was a lovely lady’ - Shock at stabbing in Norfolk village as man is arrested on suspicion of murder

PUBLISHED: 07:08 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:04 24 September 2018

Norfolk Police are investigating an ongoing incident in Brooke. Picture: Conor Matchett

Norfolk Police are investigating an ongoing incident in Brooke. Picture: Conor Matchett

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Police will today continue to question an elderly man arrested on suspicion of murder after reports that a woman was stabbed at a house in a south Norfolk village.

The man, aged in his 80s, was arrested in connection with the incident in Brooke and detained at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital to then be taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

Police attended the incident in Churchill Place, which happened at about 10.30am on Sunday morning, along with forensic teams, following reports that a woman had been stabbed.

Norfolk Police are investigating an ongoing incident in Brooke. Picture: Conor MatchettNorfolk Police are investigating an ongoing incident in Brooke. Picture: Conor Matchett

On arrival, officers discovered the body of a woman who was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to neighbours, shouts were heard after the police arrived, before one person was taken away by the air ambulance.

Norfolk Police are investigating an ongoing incident in Brooke. Picture: Conor MatchettNorfolk Police are investigating an ongoing incident in Brooke. Picture: Conor Matchett

One neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said he had known the victim for years and that she was a “lovely lady”.

He said: “I knew her for years. She was a lovely lady. She would speak to me and ask me how I was. I don’t know if she had any family or anything.

“They are both elderly. They have lived there quite a few years. I have been here 18 years and they came here a few years after I did.

“My carer was here for the time I heard the helicopter and she couldn’t get out on account of the police cars.”

He added: “It is a quiet area. It is sheltered housing you see, people in their 60s and disabled people live here.

“Nothing like this has ever happened. It is a very close community, we have got the common room which you meet people and go around to coffee mornings and that sort of thing.”

Richard Wood, 72, who lives in Brooke, said the incident was shocking. He said: “That is a shocking thing to happen... It’s a quiet place, we are all in sheltered housing. I have probably spoken to them when they taken the dog out and I’ve been walking mine. Never has anything happened like this in Brooke before. I have been here eight years and never had anything like this.”

Det Insp Chris Burgess said: “Clearly we are still in the early stages of our investigation and our enquiries remain ongoing. However, it appears that the suspect and the victim were known to each other and we do not believe there to be any threat to the wider public.”

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