HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY have announced an official “murder investigation” has been launched after an incident at Crofton Cemetery earlier on this week; this announcement being published earlier on Tuesday (July 25) following the tragic update that an elderly seventy-one year old woman died after suffering serious injuries at this site in Stubbington.
Officers were called to the scene near Lychgate Green at around 3:47pm on Monday afternoon (July 24), after a report of a serious assault. The victim received initial treatment from police and further care was given by colleagues from the South Central Ambulance but was sadly pronounced dead soon afterwards. Family members have now been informed.
Police have confirmed that a 66-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody at this time, with further updates to be provided when necessary. They have asked residents not to speculate on the case and have advised that a specialist crime team will remain at Crofton Cemetery until all their initial enquires have concluded.
Investigators are asking for anybody with information or footage to contact police by calling the non-emergency number 101 and quote the case’s reference number of 44230297967. They can further submit details using the online reporting tool available on the Hampshire Police website, with all official support and further guidance available on the links here.
Alternatively, readers can contact the “independent charity” Crimestoppers 100% anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 for absolutely free; or via their anonymous online forms which can be found through their website: https://orlo.uk/250kR
PICTURED BY FIND A GRAVE (FRANK GRANT): The main entrance to Crofton Cemetery as seen back in May 2017.