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Man quizzed over Cranage murder released

Diana Lee
Image caption Diana Lee was found in the garage of her home in Cranage

A man held on suspicion of murdering a woman found dead at her Cheshire home has been released on bail.

Diana Lee, 54, was found after fire crews were called to tackle a blaze at her home in Byley Lane, Cranage, near Holmes Chapel, on Thursday morning.

Police searched her house and found her body in the garage. A post-mortem examination showed she died from head injuries.

A 48-year-old man was questioned but bailed pending further inquiries.

Cheshire Police are urging anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area to contact them.

Police patrols

They particularly want to trace anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously near a silver Corsa in Smith Lane, Mobberley, on Thursday morning.

The Corsa, which was then set alight, was later identified as belonging to Mrs Lee and had been taken from her house.

Detectives also want to trace anyone who saw a man cycle off on a push bike from Smith Lane towards Pepper Street in Mobberley between 10:00 and 11:00 BST.

Det Insp Steve Beddows said: "We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw any activity in the vicinity of the home address of Mrs Lee on the morning of Thursday 9th August, before the arrival of the emergency services at 11am.

"The entrance to the address is approximately 50m before the main entrance to Cranage Hall Hotel on Byley Lane, when approaching it from the direction of the A50."

Police patrols have been increased in Cranage to reassure the local community and police would like to reiterate that incidents of this nature are rare in the local areas.

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