Stab death woman was teaching assistant

A 40-YEAR-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a former teaching assistant who worked at one of the county's top schools.

Laurence Cawley

A 40-YEAR-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a former teaching assistant who worked at one of the county's top schools.

A murder investigation was launched after the body of a woman in her 30s was found in a house in Bury St Edmunds. She had suffered stab wounds.

Armed police response teams were dispatched to the property in Bull Rush Crescent, Bury St Edmunds, in the early hours of yesterday morning after a call was received at about 2.45am reporting that a woman had been assaulted and was injured.

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But a short while after she arrived at West Suffolk Hospital the woman died from her injuries.

A 40-year-old man, from the Bury area, was arrested on suspicion of murder at a separate address in Bockhill Road. He was taken to hospital with injuries after the incident.

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The woman worked for six weeks at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, one of the region's top performing state schools.

Head teacher Geoff Barton said: “There is a huge sense of shock for this to have happened in Bury and close to here. It is the case she did briefly work here as a teaching assistant and therefore it is all the more shocking.

“It is horrifying that this has happened so close to home and our concern is for her family. We are experiencing a collective sense of disbelief.”

Police were still trying to track down the woman's family yesterday afternoon to inform them of her death. A post mortem examination was carried out yesterday afternoon and the results are expected in due course.

Although the body had not yet been formally identified yesterday, the coroner's office was informed of the death.

Both properties in Bull Rush Crescent and Bockhill Road were cordoned off while scene of crime officers examined the area.

Police cars parked at either end of Bull Rush Crescent, a quiet residential street, and were stopping all traffic from entering the road, to protect the crime scene.

The homes on the crescent are all newly-built modern developments, part of the Tayfen Meadows scheme.

The murder scene is around 300 yards away from the King Edward VI Upper School, and the Cambridge to Ipswich railway line passes nearby.

Any witnesses who could help police with their enquiries should call Suffolk Police on 01473 613500.

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