Second arrest in Kettering murder investigation

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting the murder suspect

Police investigating the death of a woman in Kettering last night (Monday) have made a second arrest.

The 37-year-old died at the scene after what police described as "an altercation" in Russell Street at about 6.20pm and a 33-year-old Kettering man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Now police have revealed they have arrested a 42-year-old Kettering man on suspicion of GBH after he allegedly assaulted the murder suspect just before the woman's death.

Police at the scene.

Detective Chief Inspector Joe Banfield said: “A team of major crime detectives continue to work around the clock on this case and extra police patrols remain in the Russell Street area to reassure the local community – if anyone in the area has any concerns, please do not hesitate to approach one of these officers.

“There were a lot of people who witnessed this incident last night from start to finish so we are currently prioritising getting their accounts of what happened in order to build a picture of what exactly went on here.

“I would still encourage anyone with any information to please get in touch with us. Call us on 101 or if you’d prefer to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

“A post-mortem will be taking place this evening at Leicester Royal Infirmary and specially trained officers are continuing to support the family of this lady at what is a very distressing time.”

Both men remain in custody this afternoon.

Officers are likely to be at the scene for the remainder of the day with a cordon in place in the one-way section between Gladstone Street and Gordon Street.

A blue police tent remains in the terraced street, outside the road's more modern homes, and only residents who live in houses within the cordon are allowed in or out.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by East Midlands Ambulance Service after suffering serious injuries, although the nature of the injuries or what happened in the incident is yet to be released.

Mackenzie Linden, a 34-year-old auto bailiff who lives nearby, said: "You do not expect this in this street.

"I have been here for a year and I would not expect this here in a million years."

Anyone with CCTV or mobile phone clips which could be useful to the police investigation can upload them at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/33EM19D60-PO1