Cambridgeshire

Eynesbury Poppyfields care home death: Murder arrest after body find

Poppyfields care home Image copyright PA
Image caption Officers are investigating what happened at Poppyfields care home

An 87-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found at a care home.

Police were called to Chapman Way in Eynesbury, Cambridgeshire, after "serious concerns" were raised for the welfare of a man and a woman at 17:00 on Monday.

Officers are currently investigating what happened at Poppyfields care home.

The woman, in her 80s, was declared dead at the scene. The arrested man is being held at Parkside police station.

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A post-mortem examination will be carried out later, police said.

Image caption The body of the woman was found in Chapman Way in Eynesbury

The East of England Ambulance Service confirmed paramedics were called to Chapman Way at about 17:20 BST.

"Sadly nothing could be done for the woman and she was pronounced dead," a spokesman said.

"Our thoughts are with her family and friends."

'Deeply shocking'

The man was taken to Hinchingbrooke Hospital near Huntingdon, but the ambulance service was unable to give details of his injuries.

Image caption A forensics unit van was seen parked outside the care home

The care home, near St Neots, consists of 34 one-bedroom flats and shared on-site facilities including a library and restaurant.

Its specialised services include caring for adults with dementia, physical disabilities and sensory impairments.

Image caption The company that manages the unit said it was "deeply shocked" by the incident

It is managed by Hanover Housing Association and was rated as good by health watchdog the Care Quality Commission in its 2016 inspection.

A spokesman for Hanover said: "Obviously the incident yesterday is deeply shocking. We don't know all the circumstances and are working with the authorities while they carry out their investigations.

"Our sympathies are very much with the family and friends of those involved."