Murder inquiry launched after woman’s body is found

Police officers outside a house in Smuggler's Lane, Bosham where a woman was found dead with head injuries. A murder investigation has now started
Police officers outside a house in Smuggler's Lane, Bosham where a woman was found dead with head injuries. A murder investigation has now started

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A MURDER investigation has been launched after a woman was found dead in a house in Bosham.

The 55-year-old woman was discovered with a serious head injury in the property in Smugglers Lane at 9.50am today.

A post-mortem has yet to be carried out on the woman but her death is being treated as suspicious and is being investigated by detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team.

She is yet to be formally identified.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Fanner said: ‘At this stage we are keeping an open mind as to the motive but we are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area from late afternoon on Sunday 29 December to around 9am on Monday 30 December.

‘Please call us if you know anything, no matter how insignificant you might think it is. It could be important to the investigation.

‘This is a rare incident for Bosham which is a safe area. We have increased our neighbourhood policing patrols in the village and if anyone has any information or concerns, I would urge them to speak to one of the officers who are there.’

Anyone with information should ring 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police quoting Operation Ensign or alternatively phone the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.