LATEST: Woman who died at house in Rattlesden formally named as Beryl Mary Taylor

Police are investigating the sudden death of a 70-year-old woman in Rattlesden
Police are investigating the sudden death of a 70-year-old woman in Rattlesden

A 70-year-old woman who died at a house in Rattlesden on Monday has been formally named as Beryl Mary Taylor.

At about 12.30pm on Monday July 11, police received a call reporting the sudden death at the property in Birds Green.

Police are investigating the sudden death of a 70-year-old woman in Rattlesden ANL-160713-104352001

Police are investigating the sudden death of a 70-year-old woman in Rattlesden ANL-160713-104352001

Officers attended and initially arrested a 73-year-old man on suspicion of assisting a suicide.

He was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre and detectives began an investigation.

A short time later the 73-year-old was arrested on suspicion of murder.

He has now been bailed to return to police on August 24 to allow further enquiries to be carried out.

A Home Office post mortem examination was carried out yesterday, Tuesday July 12, and further tests will now be carried out to confirm the cause of death.

It is believed the man arrested on suspicion of murder was Mrs Taylor’s husband Ian Taylor.

Neighbours say Mrs Taylor, who was known as Mary, had been suffering ill health for many years and had not seen her outside the house for a long time.

One neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, told the Bury Free Press: “I have lived here for 18 months or so and in that time I think I have only seen her once.

“She had some sort of illness where she had a lot of allergies so couldn’t come out.

“I only found out when I came home (on Monday).

“I went out at 9.20am and got back just before 4pm and saw the police cars outside the house and also a forensics van.

“From that I knew something was up. The police have been here all day and all night so I knew it wasn’t a simple passing away. I feel so sad - it’s really a sad state of affairs.”

Another neighbour described them as a ‘perfectly quiet couple’ saying ‘he was devoted to her’.