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Police link Andrena Douglas Stewarton murder with fire

Andrena Douglas Image copyright Police Scotland

Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in Ayrshire have said they are linking it to a fire in which her partner was seriously injured.

Officers found 53-year-old Andrena Douglas dead in her home in Stewarton, at about 06:20 on Thursday.

They had gone there to tell her that her partner had been seriously injured following a fire at nearby Peacockbank Farm, Stewarton, at about 05:15.

Ms Douglas's partner is seriously ill and had been unable to speak to police.

Det Insp Martin Fergus said: "What we need to do is establish what happened between 2000 hours on Wednesday 8 June when Ms Douglas was last seen and 0600 hours on Thursday morning (9 June) when she was found.

"To this end, I would appeal to anyone who was in the area, who may have seen any suspicious activity - whether that be a vehicle or someone on foot in the area - to contact police."

He added: "How and why the fire started has still to be established and a joint investigation between police and Scottish Fire and Rescue is under way."

He urged anyone with information to contact police or Crimestoppers.

Image caption Ms Douglas' partner was badly injured in a fire at the farm

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