Hampshire & Isle of Wight

New Forest death: Murder probe after woman found in field

Lyndhurst Road, Beaulieu
Image caption The woman's body was discovered in a field near Beaulieu

A murder inquiry has been launched after a woman was found dead in a field in the New Forest.

Officers were called to Lyndhurst Road near Beaulieu, Hampshire at about 16:40 BST on Tuesday.

Police said they believed the victim had been tending to a horse but were working to establish what happened and were treating the death as suspicious.

Det Supt Paul Barton appealed to anyone who was in the area between 14:00 and 17:00 to contact Hampshire Police.

"We will be increasing our patrols in the area but I want to remind the community that crimes of this nature are extremely rare," he said.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.

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