Third arrest in double murder inquiry

A THIRD person has been arrested today on suspicion of murder in connection with two bodies discovered at flats in Ipswich.

A THIRD person has been arrested today on suspicion of murder in connection with two bodies discovered at flats in Ipswich.

Detectives took a 27-year-old man from the town into custody this afternoon.

He is being held in relation to the death of Rosalyn Hunt, of Victoria Street, Ipswich, who died from injuries to her body.

Two other people - a 15-year-old girl and her 41-year-old boyfriend - were continuing to be questioned today by officers from Suffolk Police's major investigation team.

The pair were arrested on suspicion of murder after the bodies of Ms Hunt, 41, and Desmond Thorpe, 43, were discovered on Sunday and yesterday.

Post mortem results have now revealed that Ms Hunt, a mother-of-two, died as a result of trauma to the body.

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It is believed she had been dead for some time before police were called to her ground floor flat by a member of the public just before 11am on Sunday.

Mr Thorpe was found in a first floor flat in Limerick Close, Ipswich, around 4am yesterday after a 999 call to the ambulance service.

At the time it was thought he may has suffered a heart attack, although his death sparked a double murder probe by detectives.

He had been staying in Limerick Close temporarily, although he had also lived in Ipswich town centre earlier this year.

A post mortem examination on his body has proved inconclusive and further tests are required.

Although Suffolk Police have now named the two deceased, they are still to be formally be identified.

The 15-year-old girl and her boyfriend were arrested four hours after the discovery of Mr Thorpe's death and were questioned at Ipswich police station throughout yesterday.

It is believed they had also been staying in Limerick Close.

A 12-hour extension to their original custody time limit was granted and that runs out around 8pm today.

However, in a new development in the case the 27-year-old was arrested this afternoon.

Louise Rosher, a spokeswoman for Ipswich Police said: “At just before 3pm this afternoon, a 27-year-old Ipswich male was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Rosalyn Hunt. He is currently in custody at Ipswich police station awaiting questioning.

“Investigations are ongoing this afternoon at the properties in Victoria Street and Limerick Close, Ipswich.”

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.