IPCC refer Evelyn Stevens' death back to Sussex Police

Evelyn Stevens
Image caption Evelyn Stevens' family described her as a vibrant and vivacious character

The death of an 88-year-old woman in Hove last week will not be investigated by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), it has said.

The body of Evelyn Stevens was found outside Baltimore Court, in The Drive, shortly before 07:00 GMT on 3 January.

The case had been referred to the IPCC by Sussex Police following previous contact between the woman and officers.

In a statement, the IPCC said it had found no evidence of a causational link between police actions and the death.

"Following a thorough assessment of the circumstances the IPCC has determined this is suitable to be referred back to the force," it said.

A post-mortem examination revealed the pensioner had suffered injuries consistent with a fall from height.

'Tragic loss'

A 49-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of her murder was released on bail on Saturday until 19 February pending further police inquiries.

Mrs Stevens has been described as "a vibrant and vivacious character, with a love of the finer things in life".

Speaking of their "sudden and tragic loss", her family said they hoped she was "now resting in peace".

Sussex Police have said the circumstances as to how she came to her death remain under investigation.

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