Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Delia Hughes: Second arrest over Ocean Village death

Murder scene at Ocean Village in Southampton
Image caption Officers cordoned off a wide area around the address

A second person has been arrested in connection with the death of an elderly woman in Southampton's Ocean Village.

Delia Hughes, who was in her 80s, was found by a relative at her home in Atlantic Close on Saturday night.

A post-mortem examination revealed she died from a blow to the head.

Hampshire Constabulary said a 29-year-old woman from the city was arrested on suspicion of murder on Monday. A 37-year-old man from Southampton arrested on Sunday is still being questioned.

More than 60 officers have been conducting searches and house-to-house inquiries.

Hampshire Constabulary said officers were looking for a possible weapon and were carrying out a fingertip search, concentrating on bins, undergrowth and drains.

Officers appealed for information from the sailing community who may have sailed in or out of Ocean Village for Cowes Week over the weekend.

They said they wanted to hear about any suspicious activity in Ocean Way, Pacific Close and Atlantic Close between Thursday and Saturday evening.

Det Supt Rachel Farrell, of Hampshire police, who is leading the investigation, said: "I would like to reassure residents and those who visit this area that this is an extremely rare incident which is expected to have a huge impact on the local community.

"There is a significant police presence in the area and this is likely to remain over the coming days."

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