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Man, 22 is arrested on suspicion of murder after ‘female relative’ is found dead in £750,000 house

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found at a house in Sussex.

Police were called to the home to carry out a welfare check on the woman and arrested the man following a search of the property.

The 22-year-old is related to the dead woman found in the Crowborough home, Sussex police said.

Officers spoke to the man at the four bedroom Victorian house, worth £750,000, and said they are ‘not seeking any one else’. 

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was found at a house in Sussex

Police were called to the home to carry out a welfare check on the woman and arrested the man following a search of the property

Police were called to the home to carry out a welfare check on the woman and arrested the man following a search of the property

A spokesman for Sussex police said they were called to the property on Lordswell Lane at 7:20pm.

‘Officers arrested a man after finding the body of a woman on Friday evening.

‘After speaking to him, he was arrested on suspicion of murder.’

‘He is currently in custody and we are not seeking any one else in connection with this inquiry.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex police quoting Operation Stonegate.

Shocked neighbours in the quiet street where the body was found said a woman called Fiona lived in the large detached property with her son. 

One resident said: ‘This is such a sleepy hollow we are in a state of disbelief something like this could happen. ‘I didn’t know the woman well but she was always pleasant and friendly. I think she had a son in his twenties.’ 

Forensic teams spent the day gathering clues at the house along a remote single track road on the outskirts of Crowborough. A police guard was put on the five bedroomed home that residents said was a converted chapel. 

The 22-year-old is related to the dead woman found in the Crowborough home, Sussex police said

The 22-year-old is related to the dead woman found in the Crowborough home, Sussex police said

Another neighbour said the woman had lived at the property for many years but was not well known in the area.

She added: ‘This has stunned us. We live in a fairly remote spot and people were extremely nervous to hear it could be a murder investigation.

‘But we have been assured it doesn’t seem like a break in that went wrong and that the young man being questioned is known to the poor victim. 

‘It is a lovely property, very expensive, and has been sold several times over the years. No-one seems to have seen or heard anything.’ 

Officers spoke to the man and searched the four bedroom Victorian house worth £750,000

Officers spoke to the man and searched the four bedroom Victorian house worth £750,000

This picture of the rear of the four-bedroom house appeared on the website of a Crowborough estate agent 

This picture of the rear of the four-bedroom house appeared on the website of a Crowborough estate agent 

The garden of the Crowborough house is pictured on the website of a local estate agent 

The garden of the Crowborough house is pictured on the website of a local estate agent 

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