Former UKIP councillor charged with murdering wife in Stowmarket

The scene in The Brickfields, Stowmarket, where a woman died on Saturday night. Inset, former UKIP c

The scene in The Brickfields, Stowmarket, where a woman died on Saturday night. Inset, former UKIP county councillor Stephen Searle who is being questioned in connection with a woman's murder. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

A former UKIP councillor from Stowmarket arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife has been charged this morning.

Anne Searle, who died at her home in Stowmarket at the weekend. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Anne Searle, who died at her home in Stowmarket at the weekend. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

Suffolk police arrested 64-year-old Stephen Searle following the death of his wife Anne, 62, in The Brickfields, Stowmarket.

Officers were called at around 10.30pm on Saturday, December 30, to find a woman who was unresponsive.

Paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service attended, but the woman was declared dead at the scene.

She has been formally identified as Anne Searle.


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A Home Office post mortem was carried out on Sunday, with more tests to be carried out.

Police arrested Searle, who lives at the same address, and after a 12-hour custody extension granted yesterday, has been charged with murder this morning.

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He will appear at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich this morning.

Searle stood for the UKIP party in the Suffolk County Council elections, securing a seat for Stowmarket South in May 2013.

His election material said he was a former Royal Marine commando.

In May last year he stood again but lost to Conservative Mid Suffolk council leader Nick Gowrley.

He also ran as a UKIP candidate for the Central Suffolk and North Ipswich seat in a bid to become an MP, but finished last of the five candidates, including Conservative MP Dan Poulter who retained the seat.

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