Gertrude Frankham: Police exhume Gypsy leader's widow

Gertrude Frankham Gertrude Frankham, who was married to Eli Frankham, died in December 2012

Police have exhumed the body of the Norfolk widow of Gypsy rights campaigner Eli Frankham after her family raised concerns about her death.

Gertrude Frankham, 75, of Walpole St Andrew, died in December last year.

Norfolk Police said: "An investigation has been launched, on behalf of HM Coroner, into the circumstances surrounding the death."

The exhumation at a cemetery in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, had the family's support, police said.

A spokesman said: "We will then assess the results of the Home Office post-mortem and see how they can help inform the next steps in our investigation."

Mr Frankham, who was president of the National Romany Rights Association, died in 2000.

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