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Police granted more time to question man in West Winch murder probe

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Detectives have been given more time to question a man arrested in connection with the death of a young woman in West Winch.

Police were called to Leete Way in the village at around 7.30pm on Sunday, following reports of a disturbance in which a woman was hit by a car.

The woman, who was in her late teens, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Lynn, where she was later pronounced dead. A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out tomorrow.

A murder investigation is underway after a woman died in a disturbance in Leete Way, West Winch (54443742)
A murder investigation is underway after a woman died in a disturbance in Leete Way, West Winch (54443742)

A 44-year-old man, who was arrested at the QEH on suspicion of murder, causing death by dangerous driving and drink-driving in connection with the incident, remains in custody tonight.

And Norfolk Police say they have been given more time to question him, following an application to magistrates in Norwich.

Local policing commander Superintendent Wes Hornigold said: “We have a team of experienced detectives on this case who are working to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

“Officers are working to build a picture of what’s happened, and the victim’s family are being supported by our liaison officers.

“I can confirm all those involved are known to one another and we’re confident the wider public were not at risk.”

Two other men remain in police custody after they were arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a 39-year-old who was found with serious head injuries at a house in Bulrush Avenue, Downham, also on Sunday night.

Earlier this evening, Supt Hornigold said the evening's events were "unprecedented" in his 20-year policing career.

He added: “We recognise the timing and proximity of both incidents may lead to wider concern in our communities.

“However, I would stress they are separate investigations and are not connected in any way. Such circumstances are unusual for Norfolk and we will have additional high-visibility patrols in both areas over the coming days.”

Anyone who believes they may have information or CCTV relevant to the West Winch investgation is asked to contact the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101 quoting Operation Redmere.

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