Man, 88, found dead in assisted living accommodation as woman, 53, arrested over murder

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a pensioner at an assisted living home.

Thames Valley Police were called to reports of an 88-year-old man dying at the complex in Banbury, Oxfordshire at roughly 7.30pm on Monday night.

A 53-year-old woman, from Northamptonshire, was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody, the force confirmed.

Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

In a statement released today, investigating officer Detective Inspector Alice Broad said: “Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit has launched a murder investigation in Banbury.

“The force received a report of a death of an 88-year-old man at an assisted living complex in School Lane at 7.26pm on Monday night.

“Following our initial enquiries, a 53-year-old woman from Northamptonshire was arrested yesterday on suspicion of murder. She is currently in police custody at this time.

“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this investigation and our enquiries thus far indicate there is no threat to the wider community.

“There is a scenewatch in place at an assisted living complex in School Lane, in order to allow us to carry out forensic examinations at the property.

“There is likely to be a police presence in the area for a number of days, so if you have any concerns or questions then please ask one of our officers or staff.

“We will continue to keep the public updated as our investigation continues.

“The victim’s next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers at this difficult time.”