Woman, 52, is arrested on suspicion of murder after woman was found dead in historic country pub

Woman, 52, is arrested on suspicion of murder after woman in her 40s was found dead in historic country pub

Officers were called at 3.30am today to reports of an incident at the 15th century Magpie pub in Little Stonham near Ipswich, Suffolk

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman in her 40s was found dead at a Grade Two listed pub. 

Officers were called at 3.30am today to reports of an incident at the 15th century Magpie pub in Little Stonham near Ipswich, Suffolk.

Suffolk Police later confirmed that a 52-year-old woman had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Forensics carried out an investigation in the pub but detectives have not yet disclosed when a post-mortem is being held to establish how the woman died. 

Retired gardener Kenneth Kinsey, 69, who lives opposite the pub, said parties at the pub often go on past 3am on Friday and Saturday nights.  

He said: ‘It is a little annoying as there can be some noise when people go home, but we live on a busy road so we have a lot of noise from traffic anyway.‘ 

Mr Kinsey spotted six police cars and an ambulance when he got up at 5.30am and said forensics arrived at 8am.  

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The Magpie pub is one of only a handful of pubs in the UK to have a sign which spans the road beside the pub.

Traffic on the busy A140 road goes underneath the sign which is suspended on a wooden frame constructed over the road.

It is believed that a real magpie in a cage was hung over the road many years ago – but now there is just a metal sign of a magpie.

A Suffolk Police statement said: ‘A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a woman in Little Stonham in the early hours of this morning.

‘Police were called at around 3.30am to a property in Norwich Road. Police and paramedics were in attendance. Sadly, a woman in her forties died at the scene.

‘A 52-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre.

‘There is a police scene at the location in Little Stonham.‘

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to the Major Investigation Team quoting reference number CAD 51 of 10 November.

Witnesses should call 101 or go to provide further information.  

Alternatively calls can be made 100 per cent anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, or via their . 

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