Double murder inquiry to continue today

DETECTIVES are expected to continue questioning a 15-year-old Ipswich girl today as part of a possible double murder probe.

Colin Adwent

DETECTIVES are expected to continue questioning a 15-year-old Ipswich girl today (Tuesday) as part of a possible double murder probe.

Also in custody with the teenager is a 41-year-old man who was arrested with her yesterday.

Both suspects were questioned throughout the day at Ipswich police station by officers from Suffolk's major investigation team.

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The pair were arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday in relation to two deaths in the town.

Police are still unsure how a woman and a man, both thought to be aged in their 40s, died in two different locations in Ipswich. Their bodies were discovered over the course of two days.

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Officers expect to get the results of post mortems today, which should indicate the causes of their deaths.

The woman, named locally as Rosalyn Hunt who was known as Rose or Rosie, was found at her ground floor flat in Victoria Street, Ipswich, just before 11am on Sunday.

The man's body was discovered after paramedics were called to Limerick Close in the Whitehouse area of Ipswich, around 4am yesterday .

Police have said the deaths are being treated as suspicious for the time being and have been referred to the coroner.

With the first 24 hours of the custody clock running out around 8am today, police will be faced with the choice of asking a Superintendent for a 12-hour extension to continue holding the suspects or releasing them.

Both of the properties where bodies were found were sealed off by police cordons yesterday and examined by scenes of crimes officers.

The man who died in Limerick Close is not believed to live at the first floor flat where he was found.

Residents of the close said three people had been living in the one-bedroom flat since last Tuesday.

Neighbours said the occupants were a girl in her teens and two men. One of the men had a dog described as a pit bull/boxer cross called Zac.

The flat is in a block of four, and the back and front of the premises remained cordoned off during yesterday.

Two people, a man and a female, were seen leaving the area shortly before the ambulance arrived at the flat.

They crossed the road and were observed going through a gate which leads to the chain-link fencing at the side of the public park which faces Norwich Road.

A small area of grass and bushes opposite the park and near to Meredith Road, was also sealed off by police early yesterday morning.

On Sunday officers were called to Victoria Street just before 11am by a member of the public concerned for the welfare of Ms Hunt.

When they arrived at her flat along with a doctor from Suffolk Doctors on Call they discovered her body.

Detectives have confirmed they are looking at potential links between the two deaths.

Shortly after yesterday's arrests Louise Rosher, a spokeswoman for Ipswich police, said: “At just after 8am a 15-year-old Ipswich female and a 41-year-old Ipswich male were arrested on suspicion of murder. They are both in custody at Ipswich police station.”

Any witnesses or anyone with any information in relation to these incidents is asked to call Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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