Community in shock as man, 71, arrested on suspicion of murder after woman, 81, found dead in Clacton

Part of Vista Road in Clacton. Picture: ABBIE WEAVING

Part of Vista Road in Clacton. Picture: ABBIE WEAVING - Credit: Archant

A murder investigation has been launched after the death of a pensioner in north Essex.

Police at the scene of Ashley Lodge, in Clacton, where it is believed police were called on Monday m

Police at the scene of Ashley Lodge, in Clacton, where it is believed police were called on Monday morning. Picture: ABBIE WEAVING - Credit: Archant

Essex Police were called to a property, thought to be the apartment block Ashley Lodge, in Vista Road, Clacton, just after 6am this morning following a report that an 81-year-old woman had died.

Staff from the East of England Ambulance Service Trust also attended but confirmed the woman was deceased.

A 71-year-old man has since been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in custody for questioning.

Although police are yet to confirm that the property was Ashley Lodge, a police car was seen sitting outside this morning.

Vista Road, in Clacton. Picture: ABBIE WEAVING

Vista Road, in Clacton. Picture: ABBIE WEAVING - Credit: Archant

A nearby resident, who did not want to be named, said: “The police came to us and said there had been a death. It was a surprise to us – we didn’t see anything.”

Dawn Jaggs, who lives further up Vista Road, added: “As residents it’s quite shocking, especially the woman being that age. It’s going to make people down here feel very uncomfortable.

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“We have the odd incident with the leisure centre and tend to get a few youngsters hanging around, but it’s a pretty quiet area. I’ve been here 17 years and I’ve never known anything like this before.”

Another resident, who did not want to be named, said the news had made her feel uneasy.

She told the East Anglian Daily Times: “It’s a shock. Total shock, and especially when it’s right on your doorstep. It makes you feel on edge and you don’t feel relaxed.”

Another resident, who said he has lived in Vista Road for five years, called the news “awful”.

He said: “It’s terrible, awful news. This is a very quiet road, even with the gym and traffic, and it’s an awful thing to have happened.

“I’m afraid the day and age we live in it’s kind of run of the mill now. It’s an awful thing to say and that it’s so close to us, but what is going on with everything it’s just another terrible thing to have happened.”

Another resident, however, who has lived in the road for 25 years, said she did not think the news would not have a negative impact on the community and called the area “friendly”.

Anyone with information should call detectives at Brentwood’s major investigation team on 101 or email the team here.