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Murder investigation launched after death of Vale of Belvoir woman

Updated: Mar 1, 2022

The death of a woman at her home in Colston Bassett is being treated as murder, police have confirmed.

Mother-of-three Clair Ablewhite was found dead after officers were called to the property in Hall Lane, shortly before 6.30pm on Saturday (26 February).

Police at the scene on Monday. Photo: George Icke

A Home Office post-mortem examination has since been carried out and confirmed the 47-year-old suffered stab wounds.

Officers arrested a 48-year-old man on Sunday morning on suspicion of murder in connection with the investigation and he remains in custody as enquiries continue.

Mother-of-three Clair Ablewhite. Photo: Nottinghamshire Police

Police have been carrying out forensic investigations at the property, as well as house-to-house enquiries and checking CCTV in the area.

Nottinghamshire Police have said that a cordon is likely to remain in place for some time and officers will be in the area as they continue their investigations and provide reassurance to local residents.

Investigation teams in Hall Lane, Colston Bassett on Monday. Photo: George Icke.

Family liaison officers are working closely with the family and providing support at this difficult time.

Detective Inspector Mel Crutchley, of Nottinghamshire Police, is leading the investigation. She said: "Our thoughts remain with the family as they deal with the impact of this this tragedy. They have been left devastated by her loss.

Police have closed the road at Hall Lane to allow investigations to take place. Photo: George Icke.

"Our investigation is now in the stages of very carefully and painstakingly building up a picture of what happened before, during and after the murder and as people can probably imagine, this process can take time as the evidence we gather makes things clearer and clearer.

"I understand that in a quiet, close-knit community like this it is shocking for an incident like this to happen and people will be talking but I would urge people not to speculate, respect the family and please trust the judicial process to find the truth in due course.

"I would also ask anyone who has information that may help the investigation to contact Nottinghamshire Police as soon as possible."

Anyone with information is urged to call 101, quoting incident number 669 of 26 February 2022, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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