Murder investigation after woman’s body found in Portsmouth tower block

The body of a woman was found at Handsworth House in Somers Town. Picture: Sam Bannister
The body of a woman was found at Handsworth House in Somers Town. Picture: Sam Bannister

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A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman’s body was found in a flat.

Police were called to Handsworth House in Quinton Close, Somers Town, after the woman was found.

Hampshire Constabulary last night said the death of the woman, who was in her 50s, is currently unexplained and the circumstances are being investigated.

A 54-year-old man from Southsea has been arrested on suspicion of murder and theft following the discovery on Saturday.

He has been bailed by police until June 29 while the investigation continues.

Both the theft and murder arrests relate to the same investigation.

A police spokesman said: ‘Hampshire Constabulary was alerted to the sudden death of a woman in her fifties at Handsworth House in Somers Town at 12.32pm on Saturday, April 4.

‘The circumstances of the death, which is currently being treated as unexplained, are under investigation.

‘There is no suggestion of a wider risk to the public and this is an isolated incident.’

Last night neighbours spoke of their shock at the discovery.

One woman, aged 64, who did not want to be named, said: ‘It is a little bit frightening.

‘I saw some police activity but didn’t really know what it was about until now.

‘This area has a bad reputation but I have always felt quite safe living here but things like this do make you think sometimes and make you a bit more careful.’

Another resident of the tower block, aged 57, added: ‘Some people here do look our for each other so that makes you feel better and a bit more safe but it is always a worry when things like this happen on your doorstep.

‘I think we are quite lucky here that it is usually very quiet.

‘I think everybody will be thinking of the poor woman who died.’

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.