Suspects held after death of British mother in police line-up

LONDON (CNN) – Three people have been arrested after the death of a 60-year-old woman in Nottinghamshire, England, in what police are treating as a possible homicide.

The woman’s body was found at an address on Monday morning after officers were called to a “wellbeing check,” Nottinghamshire Police said.

The body has been formally identified as Claudia Lawrence, according to a police statement, but formal identification and a post-mortem examination have yet to take place.

Speaking at a press conference Friday, Det. Insp. Angela Kilkenny of Nottinghamshire Police said the victim was “known to the suspects.” She added that the suspects, aged 27, 29 and 39, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Police have been working on the assumption that the three suspects will appear in court Friday. The Nottinghamshire police said there was “no motive yet for the attack” and that no additional details on the investigation are currently available.

Officers’ comments come just weeks after a similar incident in the city saw 16-year-old Thomas Warrington detained by police on suspicion of murder. Warrington was found dead in South Nottingham after an “unknown object” was dropped on top of him, according to police.

Police had been called to a disturbance at the home of a 35-year-old man earlier that week after a number of reports of a struggle at the property, but the man was cleared of any involvement in Warrington’s death, according to police.

In that incident, Warrington’s mother, Sharon Wood, who also works as a nurse, told CNN her son was walking to a nearby university when he was dropped off by two men, aged 19 and 20, two or three blocks away from her house, although he described them as white, slim and dressed in casual clothes.

She said she had spoken to the two men twice that night, but she didn’t feel their presence.

Sharon and her husband, David, appealed to anyone with information about who had murdered their son and recalled the scene when they received the call from police around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening, as well as the Christmas lights lights being changed at the gates to their house to mark the occasion.

Speaking at the time, David told BBC Radio Nottingham the incident had “stunned” the family, that she had been “very worried” for her son and added, “there is absolutely no link” between her son’s death and the way he had been treated at home.

Six weeks after its inception, BBC Crimewatch said it had received over 500 calls in less than a month, many which are being investigated.

Crimewatch is an ongoing television show launched in 1956 and is broadcast by BBC One in the UK, and BBC Two in the US.

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