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Woman held over grandmother's death in Glasgow flat

Hannah Smith
Police forced entry to Mrs Smith's flat after being called by a worried relative

A 28-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with the death of a grandmother in her Glasgow flat.

Hannah Smith, 63, was found dead on Monday after what police described as a "prolonged attack" in her flat in Cranhill's Soutra Place.

Police said relatives were aware of the arrest and a full report would be submitted to the procurator fiscal.

Mrs Smith's family, who last spoke to her on Christmas Day, have told of the devastation they are feeling.

Earlier, police renewed an appeal for witnesses to come forward, saying they had yet to establish a motive for the killing.

TIMELINE - CRANHILL KILLING
Cranhill flat, murder scene
Mrs Smith was last seen at 1900 GMT on Christmas Eve
She spoke on the phone at about 1900 GMT on Christmas Day
Family phoned several times on Saturday and Sunday without making contact
Police were called by a worried relative on Monday
Flat door forced by officers and body found at about 1800 GMT on Monday

Hannah's sister-in-law Jenny said: "It just didn't sink in. I just couldn't believe it. Just devastated. To think you'll never see her again. I spoke to her on Christmas Day and she was fine. Totally shocking.

"She was the most genuine person I ever met. If she had something to say to you, she'd say it. She was my sister-in-law but she was like a sister to me."

Police have been speaking to Mrs Smith's neighbours to try to clarify when she was last seen alive.

They have also been carrying out inquiries at the high-rise block to piece together her last movements.

The family tried to phone Mrs Smith several times over the days following Christmas, but were unable to make contact.

Officers forced entry to the fourth-floor flat after being called by a worried relative.

Det Ch Insp Iain Cunningham said: "Mrs Smith lived alone and last spoke to relatives on Christmas Day. It is important that we clarify when she was last seen alive.

"I would appeal to anyone who saw Hannah any time after 7pm on Thursday December 24 to contact us."



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