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Monday, 8 July, 2002, 10:11 GMT 11:11 UK
Farmhouse murder victim named
Police car
Police are hoping to trace a green Mitsubishi Shogun
Detectives in County Durham are continuing their investigation into the death of a man found stabbed in a remote farmhouse in north east England.

Police have named the victim as 34-year-old John Lovegreen, whose body was discovered at Baal Hill Farm, Thistlewood Lane, Wolsingham, on Saturday evening.

The death of Mr Lovegreen, who ran a hedge-trimming business, is being treated as murder.

A 30-year-old woman has been arrested in Cumbria and is being questioned about the incident by officers at Bishop Auckland police station.

Stab wounds

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a green Mitsubishi Shogun car with the registration number Y5 OJL, shortly before Mr Lovegreen's body was discovered at 1730 BST

Detective Superintendent Harry Stephenson from Durham Police said police were also concentrating on finding out more about the victim's background.

He said: "The Mitsubishi was seen leaving the farm premises shortly before the man's body was found.

"We would appeal to anybody who saw it travelling to Wolsingham in the late afternoon, or to Carlisle on Saturday evening, to contact the incident room."

Officers were called to Wolsingham after neighbours reported a disturbance.

They found the man suffering from stab wounds. He was confirmed dead at the scene.

Detectives have set up an incident room at Crook Police Station, and 30 officers were involved in carrying out forensic tests at the scene.

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