A woman has been found murdered in a house in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
Police say they were called to an address in St John’s Road in the town shortly after 1.30am by a member of the public.
A Hampshire Police spokesman said: ‘A woman aged in her 50s from the Isle of Wight was found dead at the address.
‘A 53-year-old man from the Isle of Wight was arrested at 1.50am at the address on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody for questioning.
‘A post-mortem examination is due to take place this afternoon (Friday, May 25, 2012)
‘Police have informed immediate next-of-kin, but won’t be in a position to confirm the victim’s name until all formal identification procedures are completed.
‘The address in St. John’s Road is sealed off while a forensic examination of the murder scene is continuing.
‘Detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team (HMIT) are pursuing several lines of enquiry to confirm the full circumstances surrounding this death.
‘One main line of enquiry is to establish exactly how the victim was injured. There is no information at this time to suggest a wider risk to the community.
‘Officers are not in a position to speculate on the cause of death, which has not been confirmed at this early stage of the investigation.’
Police asked anyone with information to contact CID at Newport police station by phoning 101 and asking for the Operation Passfield team. Mini-com users can phone 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.