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Arrest after 85-year-old killed

Joan Charlton
Police believe Mrs Charlton's property had been burgled

Detectives investigating the murder of an 85-year-old woman at her home in Hull have arrested a man.

Joan Charlton died from head injuries as a result of a "sustained and brutal attack", in which every bone in her face was broken, police said.

Her body was found at her home on West Parade on Thursday afternoon after a call from a member of the public. It is not known how long she had been dead.

Police said the 20-year-old man, from Hull, was being held in custody.

Earlier police said they wanted to trace a man in his 40s who had tended her garden.

Senior investigating officer Det Supt Dena Fleming said: "Joan died from a sustained and brutal attack.

"She's died from head injuries but every bone in her face has been fractured.

"This was a violent attack of an elderly lady in her own home, where you would expect to feel safe and be safe."

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