Exeter: Man held over murder of woman in Ludwell Valley Parkon February 19, 2023 at 11:53 am

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Police launch a murder investigation after a woman dies in a suspected knife attack.

Exeter High St

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman who died after a suspected knife attack in a park.

The woman, aged 74, was attacked in Ludwell Valley Park, in Wonford, Exeter, on Saturday, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Officers were called at about 16:00 GMT and emergency services attended but the local woman died at the scene.

A man in his 30s from the Exmouth area was arrested by armed police on Exeter High Street just after 21:30 GMT.

Ludwell Valley Park

Police said in a statement that they did not know the motive for the attack and they did not believe the suspect or woman knew each other.

Officers believe they may have located the knife thought to have been used in the attack.

Ch Supt Dan Evans said they were not looking for anyone else and the suspect remained in custody.

‘Tragic time’

“I would like to reassure people that this is an isolated incident,” he said.

“Whilst this type of incident is very rare, Wonford is a very close community and I know the death will be felt deeply by all who live in the area.

“My thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the victim at this tragic time.”

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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