Seaton farm body find prompts murder inquiry

Fiona Southwell Image copyright Humberside Police
Image caption The body of Fiona Southwell was discovered on Friday

A murder investigation has been launched after the body of a woman was discovered at a farm in East Yorkshire.

The body of 59-year-old Fiona Southwell was found at Grange Farm in Goxhill Lane, near Seaton, at about 19:00 BST on Friday.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being held in police custody.

Her death is being treated as "suspicious", Humberside Police said.

Image caption Police were called to Grange Farm in Goxhill Lane, near Seaton

Det Ch Insp Tony Cockeril appealed for witnesses to come forward.

He particularly wants to speak to anyone who may have used an old railway track which runs past the farm on Friday.

It runs between Hull and Hornsea.

He said: "The track passes the farm and is well used by cyclists and walkers and we would urge people using the track to call us if they think they can help.

"Your information no matter how small could hold the key to establishing the circumstances of Fiona Southwell's death."

Ms Southwell was a riding instructor and a keen artist.

Image caption Phil Hargreaves, Chairman of Hornsea Art Society, said Ms Southwell was an "accomplished animal painter".

Phil Hargreaves, Chairman of Hornsea Art Society, said: "Fiona Southwell was a really nice lady, always very friendly. She had been a regular exhibitor at Hornsea Art Society's annual exhibition for the last 10 years.

"She'll be sadly missed - everyone's in absolute shock."

Mr Hargreaves said Ms Southwell was an accomplished painter, particularly of horses.

"She was a really good animal painter, especially horses but also dogs," he said.

"She was a really accomplished artist and you could tell she had a real affinity with horses."

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