Party took place at Magpie pub in hours before woman’s death

Police at The Magpie Inn on Sunday, where a woman died Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Police at The Magpie Inn on Sunday, where a woman died Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Mystery still surrounds the death of a woman who died following a ‘party’ at a well known Suffolk pub sparking a major police inquiry.

Police at The Magpie Inn on Sunday, where a woman died Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Police at The Magpie Inn on Sunday, where a woman died Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Detectives launched a murder investigation at the weekend after they were called to The Magpie Pub at Stonham Parva on the A140 between Ipswich and Norwich, at about 3.30am yesterday.

A police spokesman said a woman in her 40s died at the scene and a 52-year-old woman has subsequently been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Officers are now saying that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death.

It has also been confirmed by police that there was a party at the pub on Saturday evening, however it is not known if there was any connection between the woman and the party.

Police at The Magpie Inn on Sunday, where a woman died Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Police at The Magpie Inn on Sunday, where a woman died Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

A post on the pub's Facebook page said it was closed on Sunday while a police scene was in place, but that it would reopen on Monday. However, a sign on the front door of the pub confirmed it would remain closed until further notice and the a police car was still parked outside the front of the building.

The pub is well known for being one of only a handful of public houses in the UK to have a sign which bridges the road beside the pub.

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Traffic on the busy A140 goes underneath the sign for the pub which is suspended on a white frame constructed over the road.

It is believed that a real magpie in a cage was hung over the road many years ago - but now there is just a metal sign of a magpie.

Nearby residents have spoken of their shock at the woman's death on the woman at the pub, which changed hands in 2016 after planning permission for a new motel was given.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said paramedics were called but the woman, who was in her forties, died at the scene.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact the Major Investigation Team at Suffolk police on 101 quoting reference number CAD 51 of November 10.

You can also report information online by visiting http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/existing-report-update

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report information online through www.crimestoppers-uk.org

In the event of an emergency people should always call 999.

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