MURDER INVESTIGATION: ‘Hard to believe it has happened on our doorstep’ says Weybread Parish Council chairman

Police officers in forensic gear carrying out finger tip searches in woodland behind Peter and Sylvia Stuart's house.  Around 20 officers were seen ??meticulously searching the undergrowth just metres away from where Mr Stuart's body was found at 7.15pm on Friday.  See MASONS story MNMURDER.  A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a pensioner whose body was found dumped in woods on Friday (3/6).  The 61-year-old from Leicester was arrested at around 8.30am yesterday (sun).  This came as police continued to carry out fingertip searches of the woods behind the couple's house in Weybread, Suffolk.  Around 20 officers wearing forensic clothing were seen ripping up grass and thoroughly searching the undergrowth just metres from where Mr Stuart's body was found at 7.15pm on Friday.  A post mortem on his body was due to take place yesterday (sun).  The man was arrested in Leicester and was due to be brought back to Suffolk for questioning yesterday (sun).  The search continues for Sylvia Steuart who hasn'
Police officers in forensic gear carrying out finger tip searches in woodland behind Peter and Sylvia Stuart's house. Around 20 officers were seen ??meticulously searching the undergrowth just metres away from where Mr Stuart's body was found at 7.15pm on Friday. See MASONS story MNMURDER. A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a pensioner whose body was found dumped in woods on Friday (3/6). The 61-year-old from Leicester was arrested at around 8.30am yesterday (sun). This came as police continued to carry out fingertip searches of the woods behind the couple's house in Weybread, Suffolk. Around 20 officers wearing forensic clothing were seen ripping up grass and thoroughly searching the undergrowth just metres from where Mr Stuart's body was found at 7.15pm on Friday. A post mortem on his body was due to take place yesterday (sun). The man was arrested in Leicester and was due to be brought back to Suffolk for questioning yesterday (sun). The search continues for Sylvia Steuart who hasn'
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The Weybread Parish council chairman, Graham Gibbs, described the atmosphere in the village as “surreal and unbelievable”, as police continue their search for clues of what happened to the Stuarts.

Cllr Gibbs stated he and many villagers he had talked to had not known either Peter or Sylvia Stuart particularly well, but these incidents were still a “shock” to everyone.

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“You know it’s real, but it’s hard to believe it has happened on your doorstep. Things like this don’t happen in rural Suffolk,” he told the Diss Express.

Cllr Gibbs, who also manages The Paddocks residential home, said the Stuarts were more regularly involved in the community activities in Withersdale, as their home is closer to Withersdale Village Hall, so most Weybread residents rarely got to see them.

However, he recalled meeting Sylvia at the launch of a new text on local history back in 2008, where she was “very enthusiastic” about what was in the book.

Cllr Gibbs praised Suffolk Police for their “brilliant” response over the past few days, but added there was not much the people of Weybread could do to help their enquiries.

You know it’s real, but it’s hard to believe it has happened on your doorstep. Things like this don’t happen in rural Suffolk

Graham Gibbs

He said: “There is still a community officer at the village hall. They keep saying they have had no responses from villagers. I want to tell them it’s not apathy. We do all care, but nobody really knew them.”