A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead at a property in a quiet Sussex village.

The victim, in her 50s, was found dead in a house in Rotherfield, near Crowborough, on Wednesday evening.

Police said they were called to the scene following concerns over the welfare of a woman.

The following afternoon police arrested a 35-year-old man as part of the ‘fast moving and complex’ murder probe.

He remains in custody while the investigation continues.

Images from the scene show the front door – decorated with Christmas lights – removed from the frame as forensics carry out work.

Detective Chief Inspector Alex Geldart, Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: ‘This is a tragic incident and my thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim at this difficult time.

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‘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.’

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting Operation Coppice or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.