MURDER INVESTIGATION: Betty ‘always had a smile on her face’

Police outside Betty Constable's home
Police outside Betty Constable's home

A village has been left shocked after police launched a murder investigation into the death of an elderly resident.

Betty Constable, 79, was taken to hospital from her home in Merleswen, Dunholme at 11am on Sunday. She died two days later.

One neighbour told the Rasen Mail: “I’m just shocked - it’s a very quiet area, the majority of people are elderly. We don’t even get any vandalism around here.

“It’s such a nice village, you just don’t think things like that will happen.

“I used to see her walking her dog. We always said hello to each other and she would always have a nice smile on her face.”

Hospital staff raised concerns about Ms Constable’s condition and alerted police.

Detectives carried out some initial enquiries and then launched a murder investigation.

A 51-year-old man was arrested in the West Yorkshire area on Wednesday evening and is helping police with their enquiries.

DCI Martin Holvey said: “I can confirm that a murder investigation has been launched and I would urge anyone with any information that they think might help us to get in touch as soon as possible.

“We are not seeking any other suspects in relation to this investigation and there is no threat to the community.

“I would urge any local residents with any concerns to discuss them with our local officers in the village.”

Call Lincolnshire Police on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.