Update: Shopkeeper arrested after woman's body found

PUBLISHED: 14:52 05 July 2011 | UPDATED: 15:41 05 July 2011

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A KEWSTOKE shopkeeper has today (Tues) been arrested after a woman was found dead and a man was left fighting for his life.

The Mercury understands that Mark Tottle, who runs the Royal Oak Stores - commonly known as ‘the pink shop’ - is in custody after the body of a woman was found at the Crookes Lane property at around midday today.

Although police have yet to confirm the names of any of the people involved, it is believed the body is that of Mr Tottle’s sister Julie Tottle.

No cause of death has been confirmed, but a firearm is rumoured to have been involved.

A second man is currently being airlifted to Bristol’s Frenchay Hospital in a life-threatening condition. The Mercury believes this man is Julie Tottle’s husband Stephen Hotson.

It is thought he received his injuries during a fall from an upstairs window at the Crookes Lane shop, and paramedics worked for an hour to stabilise him at the scene before he could be taken to hospital.

Police were first called to the village at around noon, and neighbours report seeing Mr Tottle led away in handcuffs shortly afterwards.

Around 12 police vehicles remain at the scene. Surrounding roads have been closed, and a restrictive cordon is currently being extended.

This is thought to be because of a build-up of gas in the shop and living quarters above. Gas workers and fire crews are working to combat the problem.

Police forensics teams are also scouring the property in an effort to piece together the events of this morning.

* Keep an eye on this website for updates.

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