Witnesses sought following incident near Sidmouth

Police attended the area of Colaton Raleigh, Sidmouth shortly after 1am today [Sunday 11 April] following reports of a fire.

It was reported that a shed, a fence and other garden furniture were located on fire. The Fire service attended and extinguished the fire safely.

On attendance, officers located a woman in her 30s inside the property and she was confirmed deceased at the scene.

Her death is currently being treated as unexplained and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances.

Efforts are ongoing to locate and inform her next of kin.

A 56-year-old man from Sidmouth has been arrested on suspicion of arson and murder. He remains in police custody at this time.

Police cordons and a scene guard are currently in place at the scene.

Anyone with information and anyone witnessed the incident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log 44 of 11 April.