Woman dies in Braintree after street row between dog owners

A 65-year-old woman died in Braintree after a row in the street between dog owners, police have said.

Valerie Ager, who lived in the town, died after the "verbal argument" on Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Essex Police said.

A murder inquiry was launched after the incident but detectives are now treating the death as a suspected manslaughter.

A 39-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder has been released on bail.

Police appeal

It is not believed the man and Mrs Ager were related.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Thursday was inconclusive and further tests will be carried out.

The incident started in Trafalgar Way, Braintree about 09:45 GMT and moved to Connaught Gardens where Mrs Ager collapsed, the police spokeswoman said.

Mrs Ager, who was accompanied by a man in his 60s, was taken inside an address in Connaught Gardens where she died.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area between 09:30 and 10:30 on Wednesday to contact the Brentwood Major Crime team.

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