Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 12 July 2014

Man arrested after wife found dead

A man has been arrested after the body of a woman was discovered at a village shop in Kewstoke, near Weston-super-Mare

A man has been arrested after the body of a woman was discovered at a village shop.

Another man in his 40s, arrested at the scene on Tuesday, has been released without charge.

Police were called to a property next to the Royal Oak Stores in Crookes Lane, Kewstoke, near Weston-super-Mare, at midday on Tuesday, where the body was found.

The woman, in her 30s, has been named locally as Julie Tottle. Police said the man they have arrested, named locally as Stephen Hotson, the victim's husband, was hurt after appearing to fall from an upstairs window in the property.

He was taken by air ambulance to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, where he is in a stable condition with life-changing injuries, police said. Eye-witnesses said paramedics worked on Mr Hotson as he lay on the road outside the property before transferring him to the village green.

Neighbour Philip Lewis, 64, said: "We were indoors, it was lunchtime and we were having lunch and became aware of a helicopter, seriously low, hovering over our house. When the sound didn't disappear we went out to have a look and saw police roadblocks had been set up and an ambulance and they were attending to somebody in the road."

He said he believed the man being treated in the road was Mr Hotson, adding "which turns out to be true, as he is at Frenchay Hospital".

It is understood the victim and her husband lived in a property next to the shop.

Mr Lewis described the store as the "hub" of the village and said Kewstoke was the "epitome of a sleepy suburb".

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones said: "We hope to have the results of a post-mortem later today, which will confirm the cause of death of the woman. We are keeping an open mind but are treating the death as suspicious."

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