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Woman's body sparks murder probe
The death of a 53-year-old woman found at a house in Northumberland is being treated as murder by police.

Officers found the body of Diane Edwards at an address in Brierley Road, Blyth, on Friday.

A post-mortem examination revealed Ms Edwards had died after an assault. The area remains sealed off as further forensic examinations are carried out.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said a 21-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder.

The spokesman said the man was being questioned at nearby Bedlington police station.

Neighbours said the dead woman had not been seen for about a week.

Flowers and sympathy messages were placed outside the house.

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