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14th May 2023

Woman, 61, and man, 64, arrested after woman found dead in her Surrey home

Steve Hopkins

The victim was disabled, retired and in her 50s

Two suspects in their 60s have been arrested after a woman was found dead at her home in Surrey.

Paramedics were called to the victim’s house in Ash, on Thursday evening after neighbours raised the alarm.

When police arrived at around 5.50pm after a call from ambulance crews, the woman in her 50s had been discovered dead.

A murder investigation has now been launched, with a 61-year-old woman and 64-year-old man arrested in connection with the death, Surrey Police said. Both suspects remain in custody and are being questioned.

Neighbours said shouting had been heard coming from the house a few days before the woman’s death. The victim has not been named.

Richard Folks, who lives nearby, said the woman who died was “very kind”.

The retired 50-year-old said: “She is a nice person – she always helps other people. She’s very kind.

“She doesn’t work, she is disabled. She doesn’t get on with the upstairs neighbour but everybody has that problem. It wasn’t too bad, just normal neighbour things.”

Describing police at the house, Folks added: “It is a little bit upsetting. There are lots of police cars and all the different coloured tape, the blue tape is up, they have got tents outside. It’s an uncomfortable feeling.”

Police were seen searching a nearby alleyway with around 10 officers and a dog. They were also seen outside another nearby house, thought to be the home of a man the alleged victim knew.

Inspector Blaine Rafferty, Guildford Borough Commander for Surrey Police, said: “The investigation is in the early stages as we work to establish the cause and circumstances around this death, however, we do not believe there is any risk to the wider public.

“We have a dedicated team of investigators working on this case and specialist forensic officers remain at the scene.

“I would like to thank local residents for their cooperation as we conduct our investigation, and we will provide further updates as the investigation progresses.”

Anyone with information, dashcam, CCTV or doorbell footage is urged to contact police on 101 quoting PR/45230051665, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.