Murder suspect ‘known to dead man’

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Published: Thursday 12th February 2015 by The News Editor

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A woman arrested on suspicion of murder after the unexplained death of a man in his 80s at a care home was known to him, police have said.

The suspect, in her 50s, has no known connection to the Sowerby House care home in Sowerby, Thirsk, North Yorkshire Police said.

Police said she was an “associate” of the resident and detectives are looking into their relationship.

Officers were called to the privately-owned care home at around 3.20pm yesterday after the pensioner was found dead in his room.

The Edwardian property, which has a modern side extension, stands in the tree-lined Front Street in the attractive village on the outskirts of Thirsk.

Reporters calling at the door were asked to contact the owners’ head office.

A North Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Following an early investigation and forensic assessment, it is suspected that the injuries suffered by the deceased are non-accidental.

“As a result, a woman in her 50s from Thirsk, who has no known connection to the care home, was arrested late on Wednesday evening on suspicion of murder.

“She is currently in police custody for questioning.”

Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn said: “We ask that consideration is given to the residents and the families connected to the care home at this time.

“The home has not been closed; however, there are areas within the home which are still being examined.

“Specially trained police family liaison officers have been deployed to support the deceased’s family.

“At this moment we are not in a position to release the identity of the deceased.”

Published: Thursday 12th February 2015 by The News Editor

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