TWO people have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman in Great Oakley.

Police officers were called to a property in High Street, Great Oakley, shortly after 10am yesterday after concerns were raised for the welfare of a woman.

Paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service attended the scene but sadly the woman, who was in her 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Essex Police confirmed her death is being treated as suspicious and detectives have launched a murder investigation.

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Det Ch Insp Ant Alcock, who is investigating the incident, urged residents in Great Oakley to not be concerned by the presence of police officers in an otherwise quiet village.

He said: “I appreciate that this may cause concern in the locality, but at this time, there is no wider impact on the community.

“The woman’s family is being supported by officers at this difficult time.

“We will remain on scene whilst we carry out investigative inquiries and are working hard to establish the facts.”

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A force spokesman confirmed a man and a woman remain in custody after being arrested on suspicion of murder.

They urged anyone with information which could assist police officers with their inquiries to come forward.

“If you have any information, CCTV, dash cam or other footage in relation to this incident, then please get in contact with us,” they added.

High Street stretches between Beaumont Road and Harwich Road, close to the Maybush Inn pub and Great Oakley Village Hall.

Oakleys and Wix councillor Mike Bush reiterated a murder investigation is highly out of the ordinary for the area.

He said: “Great Oakley is a great, rural village in north east Essex so it’s a very unusual and sad situation we’re facing.

“My thoughts go out to the family and anyone involved at this time.”

Reports can be made online using Essex Police’s live chat service at or by calling 101 quoting incident 343 of July 27. Anonymous reports can be made by contacting Crimestoppers at or by calling 0800 555 111.