Murder investigation Bridgwater

Police were called to a property at around 5.45pm yesterday (Monday 27 March) in Broomfield near Bridgwater. This followed a report of a burglary in progress. When the Police arrived they found a woman in her 80s, badly injured inside the property. Despite officers and paramedics best efforts, the woman sadly died at the scene. The woman’s next of kin has been informed and specially trained family liaison officers will provide them and their family with support.

Avon & Somerset police have now launched a murder investigation. With the assistance of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) and dog unit a man in his 30s was arrested. The arrest took place at around 8.40pm in the Broomfield area. The man remains in police custody.

Specialist crime scene investigators are currently examining the property. A forensic post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course to determine exactly how the woman died. 

Neighbourhood Chief Inspector Justin French said: “A cordon is in place while enquiries are carried out and there will be increased police activity in the area while a full and thorough investigation is carried out by our Major Crimes Investigations Team. We understand that events like this, while rare, may cause alarm and distress in the community. We would encourage anyone with any concerns to speak to our officers, who will be out on high-visibility patrols of the area, with any concerns and questions they may have.

If you have any information which could aid the police investigation, please call 101. Give the call handler the reference 5223071427.

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