Update: Kewstoke man released without charge

PUBLISHED: 08:47 06 July 2011 | UPDATED: 09:18 06 July 2011

The scene in Kewstoke yesterday

The scene in Kewstoke yesterday


A MAN arrested after a woman's body was found in Kewstoke yesterday (Tues) has been released overnight without charge.

Police were called to the village at noon yesterday where a woman’s body was discovered at a property in Crookes Lane, adjacent to the Royal Oak Stores.

A man, who either fell or jumped from an upstairs window at the property, was taken by air ambulance to Frenchay Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition with life-changing injuries. He has since been arrested in connection with the incident.

A man in his 40s, believed to be shopkeeper Mark Tottle, was arrested at the scene but later released.

It is understood the body was that of his sister Julie Tottle and the man taken to hospital - and now under arrest - is her husband, Stephen Hotson.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Jones said: “We hope to have the results of a post mortem later today, which will confirm the cause of death of the woman. We are keeping an open mind but treating the death as suspicious.

“I am satisfied this is an isolated incident but officers will continue to remain in Kewstoke, carrying out house-to-house enquiries and providing reassurance to local residents.

“We would like to thank the residents and holidaymakers staying in the area for their patience and support during this operation, which has involved us cordoning off a central part of the village.

“Investigations are continuing to piece together exactly what happened, leading up to the death of the woman.

“We are continuing to carry out a comprehensive forensic search of the scene, which is likely to continue over the next two days and would urge the local community to remain patient.”

Anyone with information to help the police enquiries is asked to contact Weston CID on 0845 4567000.

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