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Murder investigation launched following death of woman in Portishead

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A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a woman in Portishead yesterday (Tuesday 27 June).

Emergency services were called at around noon to a property in Tansy Lane following a report of a woman in her 60s had been seriously injured.

Despite the efforts of an officer and paramedic, the woman sadly died at the scene.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.

A cordon remains in place while enquiries are carried out, including forensic examination of the scene.

Formal identification and a forensic post-mortem will be carried out in due course.

Neighbourhood Policing Chief Inspector Adam O’Loughlin said: “Our collective thoughts are with the victim’s friends and family in what is undoubtedly a very difficult time. They are being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.

“We understand this can be an incredibly shocking and upsetting time for many people and we thank the local community for their understanding while the scene is in place.

“While we believe this is an isolated incident, there will be increased police presence in the area over the coming days.

“Anyone with concerns or questions are invited to speak to any of our officers or to contact the local neighbourhood policing team.”

We have made a mandatory referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) due to prior police contact.

If anyone has any information which could aid our investigation, please call 101.

If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5223152354, or complete our online appeals form.

You can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court or have to speak to police when contacting Crimestoppers.