Disabled woman in her 70s found dead in bungalow as man, 35, arrested on suspicion of murder

A DISABLED woman in her 70s was found dead in the early hours today in her semi-detached bungalow.

Police said they were called just after 3am “to reports of violence” at a property in Oak Tree Close, March, Cambridgeshire.

The woman was found dead in her home in Oak Tree Close, March, Cambridgeshire

Emergency services including firefighters attended the normally quiet cul-de-sac and tried to resuscitate the elderly occupant, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 35-year-old man from March has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at Huntingdon Police Station.

White-suited forensic officers have been carrying out searches for evidence at the two bedroom housing association bungalow.

A cordon of police tape was put up around the well maintained lawn front garden of the property.

Officers have also cordoned off two yellow clothing banks about 100m down the road next to March Fire Station.

A Cambridgeshire Police spokesperson said: “The scene in place at a clothing bin outside the fire station on Wisbech Road is in connection with the murder investigation”

Retired dustman David Bannister, 66, who lives in Oak Tree Close said: “I got up at 3am to go to the toilet and I saw blue lights flashing all over the place.

“I looked out and saw a fire engine, loads of police cars and a couple of ambulances.

“I used to see the lady down the shops when she was on her mobility scooter. Her son would walk with her. They must have lived there for about eight years.”

Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “It is shocking that this has happened in our quiet neighbourhood.  It is an awful thing for her family.”

Detective Inspector Gordon Blair of Cambridgeshire Police said: “I would like to reassure the public that we believe this to be an isolated incident and there will be an increased police presence in the area while our investigation continues.”

A Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: “A crew from March Fire Station was called at just after 3am this morning to assist ambulance crews at an incident on Oak Tree Close.

“Working with paramedics they attempted to resuscitate a female casualty, but she sadly died at the scene. The crews returned to their station by 7am.”

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact police via the web chat service at https://bit.ly/3vsiYDw or online forms via www.cambs.police.uk/report quoting incident 33 of 10 May.

Those without internet access should call 101. Alternatively contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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