Urban Splash boss's wife found dead in car in Liverpool

Nicole Falkingham
Image caption Nicole Falkingham was found dead in a car in Otterspool on Friday

A 41-year-old woman has been found dead in her car in Liverpool.

Nicole Falkingham, wife of the chief executive of Urban Splash Jonathan Falkingham, was found outside a house at Eastwood, Otterspool, on Friday.

A provisional post mortem examination revealed hypothermia and acute alcohol intoxication as the cause of death, said Merseyside Police.

A 48-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman from Aigburth have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

They were both released pending further inquiries.

When officers arrived at the address they discovered a cannabis factory with more than 100 plants. The man and woman were also arrested on suspicion of the cultivation of cannabis.

Merseyside Police said officers were called to the scene just after 10:00 GMT and Mrs Falkingham, from Allerton, was pronounced dead by paramedics.

'Cannabis farm'

Detectives believe Mrs Falkingham had been drinking at The Vinci bar on Allerton Road on Thursday with the man and woman who reported finding her in their vehicle, between 15:30 GMT and 21:00. Police said they are believed to have left the premises together.

The force wants to hear from anybody who saw Mrs Falkingham during this time.

Detectives said two people were arrested after officers involved in the inquiry entered a house at Eastwood and found a cannabis farm.

Mrs Falkingham did not live at the house and police said it was not previously known to them.

Manchester-based property developer Urban Splash has created many landmark residential and business properties across the UK.

'So sad'

It is well-known for bringing derelict buildings back into use, most notably the famous Art Deco Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Lancashire, and Fort Dunlop in Birmingham.

In a message to staff, Urban Splash chairman Tom Bloxham said: "I am very sad to say, as some of you have heard, that Nicole Falkingham tragically died on Friday.

"Nicole was known to many of us, when she worked in our Liverpool office and was married to Jonathan.

"She was one of life's great characters and her loss so young is a tragedy.

"Our thoughts go out to Jonathan and Nicole's friends and family at this difficult time. It is so sad."

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