Man arrested on suspicion of murder in Clair Ablewhite murder investigation

Police have arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of the murder of mother-of-three Clair Ablewhite following CCTV appeals made by the force.


Nottinghamshire police confirmed today, Tuesday, that a man had been arrested.


In a statement, Nottinghamshire Police said: "Police are now questioning the suspect in connection with the incident and he remains in custody."


The 47-year-old was murdered in a knife attack in Hall Lane, Colston Bassett, on the evening of Friday 25 February. Her body was discovered on Saturday 26 February.

Police at the scene in Hall Lane, Colston Bassett, on Sunday. Photo: NEMM.


Assistant Chief Constable Rob Griffin, of Nottinghamshire Police, said the investigation was progressing well with detectives working round the clock to follow up every lead, and he praised the public for coming forward with information that has helped the investigation.


He urged anyone with further information, or CCTV or dash-cam footage in and around the area on that night, to come forward.


Mr Griffin said: "I want to thank the public once again for their support for this investigation and all the information they have given us so far.”

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Griffin. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police.


"I am fully aware how shocking this incident has been for Clair's family and the wider community in Colston Bassett, which is why we have invested so much resource not only in the investigation itself but in providing a uniform presence in the area to give people reassurance.


Police at the scene on Sunday 6th March. Photo: NEMM


"This arrest follows public appeals for information that we have made over the last few days. However, I would ask that people keep providing information as this investigation continues.

"Every piece of information we receive helps us get closer to an understanding of the events of that night."


Anyone with information is urged to call 101, quoting a new incident number, 277 of 3 March 2022, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. People can also report information through an online portal by clicking here.

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