Sussex

Body found in burning car in field near Ifield Golf Club

Murder scene in Ifield Image copyright BBC news grab
Image caption The burning car was found in Rusper Road, near Ifield Golf Club

A body has been found inside a car on fire in a field in West Sussex.

Firefighters found the body in the boot of the Volkswagen Jetta, which was parked near Ifield Golf Club in Rusper Road, Ifield, on Friday afternoon.

Sussex Police said they were trying to identify the person and to determine the gender. The vehicle suffered extensive fire damage.

A 34-year-old woman from Dulwich, south-east London, has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

A post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death is due to take place later.

'Plumes of smoke'

Firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 14:00 GMT.

Local residents Rosemary and Paul Shackell said they were aware of the fire once they saw "thick black plumes of smoke" in the sky.

"You could hear either the tyres or the airbags going. There was another plume of smoke going up each time there was a bang," Mr Shackell said.

"You don't really expect this on your doorstep," he added.

Det Ch Insp Jason Taylor said officers were treating it as a murder investigation and were following several lines of inquiry.

He asked for anyone with any information about the car or who saw it being abandoned and set on fire to contact police.

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