A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was found dead in East Sussex.

Police have arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of the murder of a woman found at a property in Court Meadow Close, Rotherfield, Crowborough.

Officers were called on Wednesday evening following reports raising concerns for the welfare of a woman.

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A Sussex Police spokesman said that the body of a woman aged in her 50s was discovered inside.

He added: "A 35-year-old man from Crawley was arrested on Thursday afternoon on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody while the investigation continues."

Detective Chief Inspector Alex Geldart said: "This is a tragic incident and my thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim at this difficult time.

"This is a fast-moving and complex investigation still involving many lines of enquiry.

"We have spoken to a number of people in the local area as part of our investigation already but we are still urging anyone who heard or saw anything unusual or out of place over the last few days to make contact with us.

"There will be an enhanced police presence in the area for the foreseeable time while we continue our enquiries."

Police have not yet formally identified the victim and have provided no details of cause of death.

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