Trafford man arrested on suspicion of murder after body found in Cranage fire (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Trafford man arrested on suspicion of murder after body found in Cranage fire
7:00am Thursday 16th August 2012 in Hale & Bowdon
A TRAFFORD man was arrested by detectives conducting a murder investigation after a woman’s body was found at a cattery in Cranage, near Knutsford.
Diana Lee, 54, was found dead at her home in Byley Lane after police searched the property on Thursday, August 9.
Firefighters were called to Parklands Cattery, next to Cranage Hall, just before 11am following reports of a blaze.
When officers searched the home, Mrs Lee’s body was found in the garage.
A 48-year-old man from Hale was arrested on suspicion of murder last Thursday afternoon.
A spokesman for Cheshire Police said he was released on conditional bail on Saturday pending further enquiries.
A post-mortem examination on Friday afternoon revealed that Mrs Lee died of head injuries.
Reports in a national newspaper speculated that she had been shot, but this has been ruled out by police.
A man driving a silver Vauxhall Corsa was seen in Byley Lane at about 10am on the day of the incident.
The same car was then found torched in Smith Lane, Mobberley.
Witnesses are being sought.
Det Insp Steve Beddows, from the major investigation team, said: “We are particularly keen to speak to anyone who saw any activity in the vicinity of the home address of Mrs Lee on the morning of Thursday, August 9, before the arrival of the emergency services at 11am.
“The entrance to the address is approximately 50 metres before the main entrance to Cranage Hall Hotel on Byley Lane when approaching it from the direction of the A50.
“We also appeal to anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously near to a silver Corsa in Smith Lane, Mobberley, which was later identified as belonging to the victim and had been taken from her house.
“Firefighters were later called as the car had been set alight.”
Detectives also want to speak to anyone who saw a man cycle off on a bike from Smith Lane, where the car was abandoned, towards Pepper Street in Mobberley between 10am and 11am that day.
The description given was a man wearing a green or grey jacket with the hood up.
Anyone with information should contact the major investigation team on 101, quoting incident number 285 on August 9.
Alternatively leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
BYLEY Lane in Cranage was closed for almost 24 hours after police discovered the murder scene on Thursday.
Officers then stood guard on Friday while crime scene investigators scoured the large detached gated property.
Police activity at Ashley Station at around 4.30pm on Saturday and the closure of Cow Lane has also been linked to the investigation.
RSPCA officers were called to assist at the cattery and returned at least 12 cats – all safe and well – to their owners.
A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “Patrols around the area have been increased to reassure the local community, and police would like to reiterate that incidents of this nature are rare in the Cranage and Holmes Chapel areas.”