Mum-of-three stabbed to death in Britains poshest village as locals shocked

The death of a mum-of-three fatally stabbed in "Britain's poshest village" has sent shockwaves through the community.

Clair Ablewhite, 47, was tragically found dead inside her home located at Colston Bassett, Nottinghamshire on Saturday (February 26).

Police were called to the property to find the mum with stab wounds at around 6.30 pm in the evening. They confirmed that a 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder the following morning.

Detectives said they were "carefully and painstakingly building up a picture of what happened before, during and after the murder", adding residents in the picturesque village would be "shocked".

Ms Ablewhite's family was described as being "devastated" by her death who are being provided support at the time, reports The Mirror.

In a statement, Nottinghamshire Police said: "The death of a woman at her home in Colston Bassett is being treated as murder, police have confirmed.

"Mother-of-three Clair Ablewhite was found dead after officers were called to the property in Hall Lane, shortly before 6.30pm on Saturday.

"A Home Office post-mortem examination has since been carried out and confirmed the 47-year-old suffered stab wounds.

"Officers arrested a 48-year-old man on Sunday morning on suspicion of murder in connection with the investigation and he remains in custody as enquiries continue.

"Police have been carrying out forensic investigations at the property, as well as house-to-house enquiries and checking CCTV in the area.

"A cordon is likely to remain in place for some time and officers will be in the area as they continue their investigations and provide reassurance to local residents.

"Family liaison officers are working closely with the family and providing support at this difficult time."

Detective Inspector Mel Crutchley, of Nottinghamshire Police, who is leading the investigation, said: "Our thoughts remain with the family as they deal with the impact of this tragedy. They have been left devastated by her loss.

"Our investigation is now in the stages of very carefully and painstakingly building up a picture of what happened before, during and after the murder and as people can probably imagine, this process can take time as the evidence we gather makes things clearer and clearer.

"I understand that in a quiet, close-knit community like this it is shocking for an incident like this to happen and people will be talking but I would urge people not to speculate, respect the family and please trust the judicial process to find the truth in due course.

"I would also ask anyone who has information that may help the investigation to contact Nottinghamshire Police as soon as possible."

The village has been named as one of the 54 ‘most desirable’ in the country by a national newspaper in January.

Simon Robinson, leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, said: "It is very unusual to see this happen. and we send the woman's family our condolences.

"It's a shock for this to happen in such a rural area. The woman who died was very well known in the community."

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