Wiltshire

Man arrested after body found in Melksham house

Woman's body found at a house in Melksham, Wiltshire
Image caption The woman's body was discovered at a house in Melksham on Sunday morning

A 51-year-old man has been arrested following the death of a woman in Wiltshire.

Police had appealed for sightings of Richard Newton, 51, following the discovery of a woman's body at a house in Melksham on Sunday morning.

His car, a blue Volkswagen Polo, was later found abandoned at Brendon Common on Exmoor.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman said: "A 51-year-old man was arrested in Dulverton shortly before 9am."

She said: "He is in custody and will be transferred to the Wiltshire force."

The woman is yet to be formally identified.

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