Body in Bury St Edmunds flat sparks murder inquiry

Murder at Anselm Avenue
Murder at Anselm Avenue
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A murder investigation is under way after the discovery of a woman’s body in Bury St Edmunds at the weekend.

The ambulance service called police to a flat in Anselm Avenue, on the Mildenhall Road Estate, at around 10.20am on Sunday.

On arrival, officers found the body of Tracey Hammond, believed to be a mother-of-three.

Two Bury men, a 49-year-old and a 22-year-old, were arrested on suspicion of murder and have since been released on police bail. They are due to return to Bury Police Investigation Centre in January.

Residents say emergency services were called to the 38-year-old’s flat in the days leading up to her death.

A police spokesman said: “The death of Tracey Hammond has not been referred to the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) at this time. Any contact she may have had previously with police and partner agencies will be subject of review and will form part of the investigation into the tragic circumstances of her death.”

A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “It’s quite a shock. You don’t expect that on your doorstep do you? I’ve got children and I feel for her children, even though I didn’t know them.”

Her daughter remembered Ms Hammond as ‘a nice lady’ and said her death was ‘very sad’.

They and other residents were prevented from using their communal garden and were required to sign in and out at the height of police activity this week.

Richard Mortlock, acting chairman of the Mildenhall Road Estate Residents’ Association, said: “All the residents were shocked to hear what happened and our thoughts and condolences go out to her family.”

Alan Turner, chairman of the Mildenhall Road Estate Community Association, said: “It’s just horrible and very, very sad. This is why you need a community to look after each other.”

Further tests will be required to establish Ms Hammond’s cause of death after the results of a Home Office post-mortem examination found it ‘unascertained’.

Police are continuing to carry out inquiries into the circumstances of her death.

Anyone with information should contact the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.