Murder investigation launched after woman found in a field

Police have launched a murder investigation after the body of a woman was found in a field in New Forest.

Detectives from the major investigation team are appealing for witnesses after police were alerted to the grim discovery at 4.42pm at a field in Lyndhurst Road, New Forest, Hampshire.

Police are working to establish the circumstances surrounding her death which is currently being treat as suspicious.

Police believe she was tending to her horse prior to her death.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, who is leading the investigation said: “We are treating the discovery of a woman’s body in Beaulieu as murder.

“I would like to appeal to anyone who was in the area of Lyndhurst Road, Beaulieu yesterday, Tuesday 2nd September between 2pm and 5pm to contact us.

He added: “We will be increasing our patrols in the area but I want to remind the community that crimes of this nature are extremely rare.”

Anyone with information can contact the Hampshire Major Investigation Team (HMIT) on 101.