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Norfolk murder victim died from “multiple stab wounds” post-mortem examination confirms

PUBLISHED: 16:18 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:18 26 September 2018

Michael and Frances Hubbard. Picture: East Anglia News Service

Michael and Frances Hubbard. Picture: East Anglia News Service

East Anglia News Service

A woman who was killed in Brooke at the weekend died as a result of multiple stab wounds, it has been confirmed.

Forensic van on scene at Brooke murder. PIC: Peter Walsh.Forensic van on scene at Brooke murder. PIC: Peter Walsh.

Armed officers were called to Churchill Place at about 10.30am on Sunday to reports of a stabbing.

When they arrived they discovered the body of a woman, who has been named locally as Frances Hubbard, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Home Office post mortem examination has since been carried out and concluded the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

A man, aged in his 80s, believed to be her partner Michael Hubbard, was arrested in connection with the incident.

He has been released under investigation while enquiries continue.

Following a mental health assessment he has been detained under the Mental Health Act.

It has since emerged police were called to an incident involving the victim of a fatal stabbing and her husband the night before she was killed, it has emerged.

Police attended Churchill Place on Saturday, September 22 – the day before the murder of Mrs Hubbard – in relation to an incident involving some of the residents, including Mrs Hubbard and her husband Michael.

A spokesman said: “Police attended a property in Churchill Place on Saturday 22 September 2018 and spoke with some of the residents, including the victim and suspect. It was subsequently established to be a non-policing matter.

“It is therefore not believed at this stage to be linked to the incident on Sunday.

“As a result of this previous contact the matter was referred to our Professional Standards Department and following an initial assessment the matter has not been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).”

An 83-year-old neighbour, who did not want to be named, was in at the time police were called on the Saturday.

He said he and his wife had been out to Hemsby and returned at about 5.30pm when a policewoman appeared with a piece of paper.

He said she came back “with the pair next door” and could see Frances was shouting and “really upset” while Mr Hubbard “had his head down”.

Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101.

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