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More time to quiz man over stabbing


 Pennie Davis died of multiple stab wounds (Hampshire Police/PA)

Pennie Davis died of multiple stab wounds (Hampshire Police/PA)

Pennie Davis died of multiple stab wounds (Hampshire Police/PA)

Detectives have been given more time to question a 22-year-old man on suspicion of the murder of a mother-of-five who was found stabbed to death in a paddock as she tended to her horses.

Two men and a woman were arrested in connection with the murder of Penelope Davis, known as Pennie, 47. She was found by her husband, Pete, in a field in the New Forest near Beaulieu, Hampshire, on September 2.

The supermarket worker, from Blackfield, died of multiple stab wounds. Magistrates have granted detectives a further 24 hours to continue questioning the man held on suspicion of murder.

A 37-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, has been bailed until October 23 and a 24-year-old woman also remains in custody.

A Hampshire police spokeswoman said: "Police continue to appeal to the public for any information which may help the investigation."

Specialist forensics police officers have carried out fingertip searches of the field and police have also increased patrols in the area to offer reassurance to residents.

Mr Davis, their children and the victim's parents have visited the paddock since the killing, leaving flowers with messages from each member of the family.

One of her daughters, Georgia, left a note saying: "Dearest mum, you were a goddess. I swear I'll make you proud. I like to think you're sitting there, watching on a cloud. You had so much more to give. You had so much more to do. But now I'll be your legacy. I'll do it all for you.

"You climbed the highest mountains, you walked the longest plains, you'll never be forgotten. Forever in our hearts. I love you to the moon and back."

The family through police said they were devastated by the death of a "remarkable person" and "devoted mother".

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