Street shocked by woman's death as Kettering murder investigation continues

A police cordon remains in place this morning

By Sam Wildman
Tuesday, 16th June 2020, 11:49 am

Residents living near the scene of a Kettering murder investigation have spoken of their shock after a woman died.

Northamptonshire Police remain in Russell Street this morning (Tuesday) as they investigate the 37-year-old's death after reports of "disorder" at about 6.20pm last night.

A 33-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody.

Police remain at the scene this morning.

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. A post-mortem examination is likely to take place later today.

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

Police remain at the scene this morning.

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

Another woman who lives just outside the cordon, who did not want to be named, said police were in Russell Street on Sunday night but it's not known if this was related.

She came back from a trip to the shops last night to see the street full of police.

She said: "It was very shocking that it was so close to home."

Daniel Fleming, 32, has lived a few doors away from the cordon for the past three months. He came home from work at 8pm to find he couldn't park his car with police everywhere.

He told the Northants Telegraph: "Nobody seems to know what has gone on but I'm very shocked.

"You hear about it on the news but you never expect it to be on your road."

Another woman whose son goes to school nearby described the incident as "horrific".

A police spokesman said: "Witnesses or anyone with information can call Northamptonshire Police on 999 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111."