Man (71) arrested after churchwarden (70) found strangled at Maplebeck farm

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman at her home in Maplebeck.

A post-mortem examination concluded that Julia Thurgaland (70), who was found dead at Low Farm at around 3.50pm on Friday, had been strangled.

The arrested man (71), had been found injured at the scene with Mrs Thurgaland and was taken to Lincoln Hospital, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

A police statement said that he had yet to be interviewed by detectives and that Mrs Thurgaland’s relatives are being supported by specially trained officers “during this difficult time”.

Det Chief Inspector Tony Heydon, who is leading the investigation, said: “Following enquiries at the scene and in the local area, we are satisfied that this was an isolated incident.

“Despite the arrest I am still appealing to anyone with any information to contact us.”

A cordon will remain in place at the scene into tomorrow, while police carry out their enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the incident room on 0115 844 6913 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The Rev Richard Seymour-Whiteley, Priest-in-Charge of the Northern Lights Cluster of churches, including St Radegund, Maplebeck, said: “There has been a tragic incident in Maplebeck in which our churchwarden at Maplebeck, Mrs Julia Thurgarland, has died and her husband is in hospital.

“We wish to respect the family’s privacy at this time and our prayers are with them all, along with all those who knew Julia well.”