Sussex

Rogate woman's stairs death case closed by police

Police officers at the scene of the incident in Rogate, Chichester
Image caption Lorraine Head was found with a head injury at the cottage in Rogate in June

Detectives investigating the death of a 46-year-old woman from West Sussex have said no-one will be charged with her death and the case has been closed.

The body of Lorraine Head, known to friends as George, was found at the foot of the stairs at her cottage in Kings Head Mews, Rogate, on 4 June.

A post-mortem examination found that her death was caused by a head injury.

A 58-year-old local man arrested shortly afterwards and then bailed has now been stood down from police bail.

'No break-in'

Sussex Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the death after a full report of the circumstances surrounding the death was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service.

The matter would now be passed to the West Sussex Coroner for an inquest to be held, the force said.

At the time of Ms Head's death, officers said there were no other suspicious injuries to her body and no weapon was involved.

There were also no signs of a break-in at the cottage and nothing had been stolen.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: "This was a comprehensive investigation by our Major Crime Branch, which examined all the information and evidence surrounding George's tragic death.

"The man who was arrested, and George's relatives, have been informed of the outcome and we hope that this and the resulting inquest will help bring some closure for everyone involved."

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