Bury St Edmunds: Forensics officers search suspect’s homes

Petch Close in Bury St Edmunds had been cordoned off as police carry out a murder investigation.

Petch Close in Bury St Edmunds had been cordoned off as police carry out a murder investigation. - Credit: Archant

FORENSICS officers have been carrying out a fingertip search of homes believed to belong to two men arrested on suspicion of a woman’s murder.

Police were last night still at two properties in Petch Close, Bury St Edmunds, having arrived there on Wednesday evening.

Witnesses said there had been police vehicles parked outside the address throughout the night.

The investigation follows the discovery of a woman’s body in the car park of the St Edmunds Tavern pub in Risbygate Street.

The woman was yesterday formally identified as Mary Roberts, aged 50, from Bury St Edmunds. A post-mortem examination has failed to establish the cause of her death and further tests are now being carried out.

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A 55-year-old man and a 59-year-old man, both from the Bury area are still being held in custody at the Bury Police Investigation Centre.

Police were called to the car park in the centre of Bury by the ambulance service at 9am on Wednesday following a report that a woman had been found collapsed.

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A cordon was erected around the scene while another cordon was also placed around a pool of blood by the Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Risbygate Street.

Both cordons have now been lifted, although two cordons at Petch Close remained in place last night.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: “I can confirm that the cordons are still in place at Petch Close. Officers have carried out a range of enquiries, including forensic searches.”

The spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm if anything had been removed from the two houses.

She also said police were not able to say how long Ms Roberts body had been in the car park before it was seen.

Police want to hear from anyone who was in the St Edmunds Tavern public house and the Risbygate Street area of Bury St Edmunds from Tuesday evening through to the early hours of Wednesday who may have information in relation to this incident.

Calls should be made to the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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