Man held over paddock stab murder
A man has been arrested by det ectives investigating the murder of a mother-of-five who was stabbed to death in a paddock.
Mrs Davis, known as Pennie, was killed in the New Forest and her body was discovered by her husband, Pete, in a field near Beaulieu, Hampshire, on September 2.
The 47-year-old supermarket worker, from Blackfield, died of multiple stab wounds, Hampshire Constabulary said.
A spokesman for the force said: " Detectives investigating the murder of Pennie Davis in the New Forest have arrested a man on suspicion of murder.
"The 36-year-old man was arrested in Southampton at 7.50pm and remains in police custody. Pennie's family has been informed."
Officers believe it is possible she may have been followed from her workplace to the field.
A 22-year-old man previously arrested on suspicion of murder and a 37-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have both been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Police would like to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anyone acting suspiciously around Sainsbury's in Hampton Lane, Blackfield, between 1pm and 3pm last Tuesday.
They would also like to hear from anyone who saw Mrs Davis's dark green Toyota Land Cruiser travelling between the supermarket and the field at Leygreen Farm between those times.
Detective Superintendent Paul Barton said: "It's been a week since Pennie was murdered and in that time we've made significant progress with more than 200 officers and staff working on the investigation.
"We're continuing to follow up several lines of inquiry and I'm really grateful to everyone who has called in with information.
"Since the start of the appeal we've received more than 230 messages from the public.
"Pennie had recently started renting out the field but not many people were aware of that.
"One of our lines of inquiry therefore is the possibility she was followed from Blackfield Sainsbury's, where she'd been working that morning, to the paddock by Leygreen Farm.
"I'd ask anyone with information, no matter how small or insignificant you think it may be, to contact us."
Crimestoppers is offering a £5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people, or person, responsible for Mrs Davis's brutal murder.
Julia Hughes, regional manager for Crimestoppers, said: "We urgently need to find whoever it is that committed this horrendous crime.
"Pennie's family is totally bereft and need answers.
"We would urge anyone with information to contact us anonymously, safe in the knowledge that their identity will not be revealed."
Mr Davis and the couple's children, Sophie, Alex, Georga, Daniel and Josef, also released a statement through police describing the week since Mrs Davis's murder as "long" and "agonising".
They said: "We had no idea how many lives she had touched, as we have been overwhelmed by love and support.
"Despite this, the void in our hearts only continues to grow.
"The police have made progress, but there is still much more to be done.
"We only hope that no other family should ever have to go through the ordeal that we are currently facing.
"No other person deserves to ever have to go the way our poor mum and wife did. We will never begin to understand how scared and how alone she must have felt.
"This is why we are pleading for anybody with any information to come forward.
"Even if you think it won't make a difference, it might just be the call we were waiting for."
Officers revisited the area around Leygreen Farm today to speak to drivers, walkers and those regularly passing by.
Anyone with information should contact the Hampshire Constabulary Operation Biscotti investigation team on 101, or Crimestoppers on either 0800 555111 or through its anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.