Arrest after 'unexplained death' of woman in her 80s

A man in his 80s has been arrested following the unexplained death of a woman.

Police were called to Bennett Street in Bath just before 08:30 BST on Tuesday, following reports of a welfare concern for a man who was on scaffolding.

Officers then went to an address in Upper Lansdown Mews, where they found a woman in her 80s in need of urgent medical care.

She was later pronounced dead and a forensic post-mortem examination will be carried out, police said.

Although the woman has not yet been formally identified, her next of kin have been informed.

A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: "Our thoughts are with them and they are being supported by specially-trained family liaison officers.

"We are in the early stages of our investigation but these are tragic circumstances and we would ask that people avoid speculating or posting any footage or images online while we establish the facts."

Anybody who witnessed the man on scaffolding, or saw an older man with a rucksack walking between Upper Lansdown Mews and Bennett Street between 08:00 and 09:00, is asked to contact police.

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