Man arrested over pensioner murder

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of murdering a pensioner at her seafront flat.

Family members discovered the body of the woman, in her late 80s, in her one-bedroom, ground-floor flat close to the affluent Ocean Village marina in Southampton.

On Saturday night relatives went to the property in Atlantic Close after not hearing from her since Thursday and made the discovery.

The 37-year-old local man was detained by detectives involved in the 60-strong investigation.

Police have cordoned off a wide area around the woman's 1980s-built home to enable specialist officers to search for evidence. A post-mortem examination will be conducted by a Home Office pathologist later to establish the exact cause of death.

Detective Superintendent Rachel Farrell, who is leading the investigation, said: "Although we have made an arrest, I would like to stress that we are still very much in the preliminary stages of our investigation and our enquiries continue.

"I would therefore like to reassure residents that we have a dedicated team of more than 60 police officers involved in the investigation who are conducting searches, completing house to house enquiries and following up numerous lines of inquiry.

"We do though still require the assistance of the public and appeal to anyone who has any information that will assist us with our investigation to contact us."

Immediate family are aware of the death but other close relatives have still to be notified because they are on holiday and the woman is unlikely to be formally identified until Monday.

Ocean Village is a marina complex with shops, bars and a cinema and the area is a popular place for sailors and football players to live.