Woman found dead in Thurmaston after ‘large scale’ police incident in village

The body of a woman was discovered in a ‘quiet’ Leicester village on Friday afternoon.

Police were called to Melton Road in Thurmaston, near Birstall, on Friday, at 3.39pm following a report of a man acting aggressively in the area and making threats.

The incident was reported to be happening near the Church Lane junction. Melton Road was subsequently taped off between Church Lane and Lea Close as a large-scale police and ambulance service operation got underway.

Residents speculated that a person was detained after officers arrived on the scene.

Leicestershire Police had not confirmed that any arrests had been made at the time.

But the force has now revealed that it received a call shortly after regarding concern for the welfare of a woman.

On arrival to the scene, the body of a woman was found inside the property on Melton Road.

One passer-by who did not want to be named told LeicestershireLive that he heard screaming in the area earlier that afternoon, at around 4.15pm.

East Midlands Ambulance Service was also called to the scene and remained there alongside a heavy police presence for several hours.

Motorists were advised to find an alternative route as enquiries continued.

A spokesperson for the force said “full enquiries” were carried out at the scene.

In a statement his evening, the force said: “The death of the woman is not believed to be suspicious and a file will be submitted to HM Coroner.”

Ambulance at the scene of a 'police incident' on September 3, 2021 in Thurmaston.
An ambulance was also called to the scene where a short stretch road had been cordoned off.
(Image: Chris Gordon/Leicester Mercury)

A 37-year-old man from Leicester was arrested on suspicion of a public order incident in relation to the initial call received by Leicestershire Police.

Following further enquiries, the force has confirmed that he has since been released with no further action.

After the police operation in Thurmaston village on Friday evening, residents said they were ‘shocked and worried’.

One staff member at a nearby pub, who didn’t want to be named, was on duty when police arrived at the scene yesterday.

They said: “We heard all the sirens going past last night and then people started saying something really bad had happened.

“There were lots of rumours and everyone was talking about it.

“It’s a massive shock because its just a tiny little village. And because it’s so small people were worried in case they knew someone involved.

“Whatever it is that’s happened, it’s awful.

“Everyone at work said be careful going home and it is a bit scary.”

One shop owner, Naresh Chauhan, 56, told us: “We’ve been here for three years and we know all the locals.

Why have the police set up a cordon in my neighbourhood?

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“It’s a wonderful area.

“But it is a bit of shock to have something on your doorstep.”

While a local businessman, who did not wish to be named, said there was a sense of shock at whatever has happened: “It’s normally just a lovely quiet village.”

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