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Police investigation after body discovered in Hereford

Detectives from West Mercia Police have launched an investigation after a woman in her 50s was found deceased in a property in Hereford yesterday (Tuesday, 9 January).

Officers attended an address in Highmore Street at around 10.20pm and found the woman deceased, her death is being treated as suspicious.

A post mortem is due to take place to ascertain the cause of death, no further details relating to her identity will be released until a formal identification has been completed. Detectives can confirm her next of kin has been informed. No arrests have been made.

At around 5.55pm the same day, emergency services were called to Roman Road, Hereford following a collision involving a van and a pedestrian. The pedestrian, a man in his 40s, was taken to hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

The deceased woman and the pedestrian involved in the road traffic collision are known to one another.

Full forensic examinations of both areas are taking place and Roman Road (A4103) is currently closed at the crossroads with Three Elms Road and Kempton Avenue.

Superintendent Sue Thomas from West Mercia Police said: "The enquiries are still at a very early stage but we are working to establish the circumstances of both incidents.

"Police remain at Roman Road and Highmore Street and there will be increased patrols in the area whilst investigations continue. We are appealing to anyone in the community who has any information to come forward or speak with a local officer. Anyone with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, may help with the investigation.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those involved, they are being supported by specially trained officers at this difficult time."

Anyone who has any information about either incident is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 503s of 9 January.

Information can also be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Issued: Wednesday 10 January 2018 HB Corporate Communications

Published 10/01/18