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Norfolk murder probe couple’s names revealed

PUBLISHED: 14:12 24 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:49 24 September 2018

Frances Hubbard  PHOTO: Paul Hewitt, Archant

Frances Hubbard PHOTO: Paul Hewitt, Archant

A woman who was believed to have been stabbed to death in a Norfolk village has been described as a “lovely lady” by a neighbour.

Norfolk Police are investigating the murder of a woman in Brooke. Picture: Conor MatchettNorfolk Police are investigating the murder of a woman in Brooke. Picture: Conor Matchett

Officers were called to a property in Churchill Place, Brooke, at around 10.30am yesterday (Sunday, September 23) following reports a woman had been stabbed.

They discovered the body of a woman, who was pronounced dead at the scene, and arrested a man in his 80s on suspicion of murder.

The woman has not been named, but is believed to be Frances Hubbard while the man arrested, who has also not been named, is understood to be her partner Michael.

He was initially detained at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital but has since been discharged and taken to Wymondham Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

A police cordon remains in place at the property where neighbours have described their shock at what happened.

Deirdre Bannister, 74, who has lived in the area for about 20 years, said: “She was polite, a lovely lady - always spoke to people. She was very nice. I didn’t have much to do with him because he wasn’t about the place like she was. He was a big chap. Well over 6ft.

“They has been here about 16 years.”

She said she did not know what Mrs Hubbard used to do but said she thought he used to shoot pheasants and go fishing.

She said she was shocked to find out what had happened on Sunday morning. “I’ve never seen so many police in one go - there was so many police I couldn’t believe it.”

She added: “He usually wears glasses but didn’t have them on. He had a towel wrapped around his head. They put him into the ambulance.”

An 81-year-old man, who did not want to be named, described seeing the victim in the doorway after hearing noises coming from the property.

He said police then turned up, including armed officers, as well as ambulances, the air ambulance and several more police cars.

He described the couple as “nice”.

A Home Office post mortem examination to establish the exact cause of death is due to take place on Tuesday, while formal identification is yet to take place.

■ Anyone with information should contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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