Chichester man arrested on suspicion of murder

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Police at the scene of the attempted murder in Middle Street, Portsmouth

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the disappearance of an elderly woman.

The 78-year-old victim, who is related to the suspect and lived with her in Chichester, was reported missing on Tuesday (March 22) by close friends who became concerned after not hearing from her for several days.

The man, 50, was arrested yesterday.

A search is being been undertaken go woodland between Goodwood and East Dean to try to locate the missing woman.

Police have cordoned off areas close to Pilleygreen Hill and eyewitnesses said search dogs had been brought in to help officers find the missing woman.