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Woman murdered near Norwich believed to be care home resident

PUBLISHED: 18:44 15 July 2019 | UPDATED: 09:07 16 July 2019

Grays Fair Court care home in New Costessey. Picture Peter Walsh.

Grays Fair Court care home in New Costessey. Picture Peter Walsh.

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A woman in her 80s found dead in Costessey was believed to be a resident at a care home, it has emerged.

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman in her 80s was found dead at Grays Fair Court care home in New Costessey. Picture Peter Walsh.A murder investigation has been launched after a woman in her 80s was found dead at Grays Fair Court care home in New Costessey. Picture Peter Walsh.

A murder investigation has been launched by police following the death of a woman after a woman in New Costessey on Friday (12 July).

Officers were called to Grays Fair Court, a residential care home on Grays Fair, off Dereham Road at 7.30pm to reports that a woman in her 80s had been found dead.

A man in his 80s has been arrested in connection with the death. He was taken to hospital for treatment and has now been discharged and taken into police custody at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre where he will be questioned.

Enquiries undertaken to establish the exact circumstances leading up to the woman's death have been ongoing and those, coupled with a Home Office post mortem examination which took place on Sunday (July 13) have led detectives in the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team to treat her death as murder.

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman in her 80s was found dead at Grays Fair Court care home in New Costessey. Picture Peter Walsh.A murder investigation has been launched after a woman in her 80s was found dead at Grays Fair Court care home in New Costessey. Picture Peter Walsh.

A spokesman for Norfolk County Council, which runs Grays Fair Court, said: "We were sorry to hear of the incident on Friday evening and we continue to help Police whilst their enquiries are ongoing. Staff and residents of Grays Fair Court are being supported by the management team at the care home and our well-being service." A 90-year-old resident of the care home, who did not want to be named, said he was shocked to find out what had happened.

He said he had been out on Saturday morning but came back to find police there.

He said: "There was police officers about, that's all I knew.

"We didn't know what it was about."

Grays Fair Court in New Costessey. Picture: staffGrays Fair Court in New Costessey. Picture: staff

He said residents had not been informed of what happened and he had only become aware on Monday.

He said: "I didn't know what had happened.

"We knew it was something suspicious but you don't think the worst.

"It's a shock. It does surprise me."

Neighbours living in the area have also described seeing police and forensics vans in the area over the weekend, although there is no longer a police presence in the area.

Officers still believe this to be an isolated incident with the suspect and victim known to each other.

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