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Two women's deaths 'not linked'

The apparent murder of a woman whose body was found in the grounds of a school is not linked to another death in the area, police have said.

West Mercia Police are questioning two men and a woman on suspicion of murder after officers found the body of a local woman at Shrewsbury's Harlescott Junior School.

A force spokesman said the discovery, late last night, was not thought to have any link to the death of another woman whose body was found at a nearby business premises on December 24.

Forensic officers have searched the grounds of the school, which had been due to welcome back pupils tomorrow but will now remain closed until at least Wednesday.

A police officer found the body of the woman, believed to have been in her early 20s, at the school shortly before midnight after concerns were raised for her safety.

A police spokesman said: "A 32-year-old man, a 31-year-old woman and 39-year-old man have all been arrested on suspicion of murder.

"Officers are currently carrying out forensic examinations at the school.

"Pupils were due to return to school tomorrow following the Christmas holidays but the decision has been taken to keep the school closed while investigations continue.

"Police hope to have completed their examination of the site tomorrow to allow the school to reopen on Wednesday."

A post-mortem examination has yet to take place on the victim, whose next of kin has been informed of her death.

Anyone with information that may help police with their investigation is urged to call West Mercia Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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