A 15-year-old schoolgirl and a 28-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman in a posh market town.
Emergency services were called to reports of a disturbance at a house in Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, at 2.38am today.
Police officers discovered the 54-year-old victim with a serious head injury inside the £370,000 property on Valley Road in Lillington and started CPR – but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 15-year-old girl and a 28-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody being quizzed by officers.
Residents said a woman lived at the semi-detached red-brick property with her teenage daughter after her husband moved out following a separation or divorce.
One local, who did not want to be named, said: ‘They were a very private family and kept themselves to themselves.
‘I never spoke to them in the 20 years I’ve lived here actually.
‘Initially I think it was a family with mum, dad, daughter and two sons.
‘The dad left or they divorced, then the sons moved out and the daughter stayed.
‘I remember the boys playing football out the front and being boisterous.
‘I remember thinking ‘they’ll be trouble’ but they never were.
‘I’ve been a paramedic for 30 years so when the police told me what happened it didn’t knock me off my stride.
‘I was still shocked and thought ‘good grief’.
‘It’s not the sort of neighbourhood where you get this kind of thing.’
Denise Darlison, 64, a retired local government officer, said:’We were woken up at five o’clock this morning by the police dogs barking.
‘I only knew them to say hello. I think it was a lady and her daughter who lived there.
‘I looked out the window and saw a lot of police. It was a big surprise in such a quiet area.’
Tom Maher, 76, a retired mechanic, said: ‘The police came knocking on the door at 5:15am.
‘They asked if we’d seen or heard anything because there’d been a major incident.
‘When we came back from shopping at 7am the CID said a woman had been killed.
‘We’ve lived here 40 years but have barely spoken to them.
‘I think the woman had a couple of male lodgers and her daughter must’ve been a teenager. Her daughter must’ve been a teenager.
‘I can remember her playing out the front on her bike years ago when she was two or three, so she must be in her teens now.’
Warwickshire Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses and urged anyone with information to get in touch.
Chief Inspector Caroline Corfield said: ‘The investigation into this tragic incident is in its very early stages and there will be a large police presence in the area throughout the day as we work to establish the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.
‘I would ask anyone who was in the area at around the time of the incident to make contact as they may have information that can help with our enquiries.
‘We would also like to hear from anyone who may have CCTV or dash cam footage of the surrounding area at the time of the incident.’
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident number 34 of August 24 or contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.