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Man is arrested for manslaughter after upholsterer in her 40s is found dead in Cotswold village

A man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of a woman in a quaint Cotswold village has been released on bail.

The man, said to be in his 40s, was arrested yesterday after the woman's body was discovered in a property in the picturesque village of Great Rissington, Gloucestershire. 

The death of the woman, who has been named locally as self-employed upholsterer Tara Long, is currently being treated as unexplained.  

Gloucestershire Police say the suspect has been told to return to a local police station later this month.

A spokesperson for the force said: 'He had been arrested on suspicion of the manslaughter of the woman, also aged in her 40s.

The death of the woman, who has been named locally as self-employed upholsterer Tara Long, is currently being treated as unexplained 

The man, said to be in his 40s, was arrested yesterday after the woman's body was discovered in a property in the picturesque village of Great Rissington (pictured: Police forensic teams at the scene), Gloucestershire

Police were yesterday seen at an address in the village following the discovery of the woman's body. Her death is currently being treated as unexplained 

'He has been bailed till August 21 while enquiries continue. A post-mortem will take place today.

'The scene of the incident will remain under police guard until at least tomorrow while our investigation continues.'  

It comes after tributes were yesterday left on Ms Long's social media profile by friends.

One said: 'Rest in peace my beautiful soul sister and birthday twin, we had our ups and downs but the love was always there, the hugs and the laughter.

'We came into the world on the same day, but you have left us far too soon, there will always be a part of my heart missing but I know you will still be there with me.'

Another said: 'I am so saddened to hear you're gone my sweet. Rest in peace now sweet angel.' 

Tributes have today been left on Ms Long's (pictured) social media profile by friends. One said: 'Rest in peace my beautiful soul sister and birthday twin, we had our ups and downs but the love was always there, the hugs and the laughter

A third posted: 'Sleep well now Tara, love to all your loved ones.'

According to her social media profile, Ms Long had lived in Great Rissington since 2013 and attended The Cotswold School in the nearby town of Bourton-on-the-Water.

Neighbours have since expressed shock at news of a death in the village.

One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: 'People have been putting 'rest in peace' on Facebook. It's sad. I didn't know her that much. 

'The police turned up at around 11.30am and haven't left since. There was an ambulance and first response here, then the police started coming. It's not really expected around here.' 

Meanwhile Gloucestershire Police said yesterday that there would be ongoing police activity in the area due to the ivnestigation.

A spokesperson said: 'Police were called by the ambulance service at around 11.35am (yesterday) to the address, where a woman was found deceased.

Meanwhile Gloucestershire Police said yesterday that there would be ongoing police activity in the area due to the investigation.  Pictured: Police at the scene yesterday

A police forensic officer in the area today following the discovery of a body in the village of Great Rissington

'At this early stage of an investigation the death of the woman, who is aged in her 40s, is being treated as unexplained while inquiries take place.

'Her next of kin are aware and the coroner has also been informed.

'Police are likely to remain in the area for a number of days while the investigation continues.' 

The force spokesperson added: 'With the ongoing police activity Gloucestershire Constabulary want to reassure the local community that there is no wider threat to the public in connection with this incident

'You can call police on 101 or independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.'

According to the village's community website, Great Rissington is a 'stunning village' in the Cotswold with a population of 367 people.

The village has a church, a pub and a local cricket club. It was once home to Victor Ambrose Eyles, a British geologist and science historian who lived there for a brief period in the early 1960s.

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