Ipswich: Man arrested on suspicion of murder of 78-year-old Brenda James in Sussex

Ipswich: A man from Ipswich has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of an elderly woman whose body was found in woodland in Sussex.

The body of 78-year-old Brenda James was found by specialist police search teams on the sprawling Goodwood Estate in Chichester, West Sussex, last Thursday.

A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said a 46-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested last night and is currently in police custody.

Mrs James’s son, Neale James, 50, of Vinnetrow Road, Chichester, has already been charged with her murder.

He appeared at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Saturday and was remanded in custody until tomorrow when he will appear at Lewes Crown Court.


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Close friends reported the pensioner missing last Tuesday following concern that she had not been in touch for several days.

Acting on information given to them, police started scouring the Goodwood Estate and found her body on Thursday afternoon.

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A post-mortem examination revealed she died from a “head injury caused by a weapon”.

Mrs James, who lived at Lakeside Caravan Park in Chichester, was described as extremely popular with a wide circle of friends whom she met regularly to play bridge and enjoy other hobbies.

In a statement released through police last week, her daughter, Nicole James, said her family had been left “devastated” by her death.

She added: “Her untimely death has been a shock to us all and we are at a loss for words to describe how we feel. We miss her.”

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