Body of two-year-old girl found in homeless shelter



A man and woman suspected of murder have been arrested after the body of a two-year-old girl was found in a property, police said.

Suffolk Constabulary said the toddler’s remains were found in a temporary accommodation unit in Sidegate Lane, Ipswich at around 11.45am on Friday.

The force said a Bedfordshire man and homeless woman, both 22, were arrested in Bury St Edmunds.

A representative said the couple were “known to the victim”.

Both men are currently being questioned at the Martlesham Police Investigation Centre, where they are.

They added that officers “are not looking for any other suspects in connection with this matter at this time.”

“Distressing” discovery

Calling for information, Superintendent Jane Topping said the force was “still working to establish the exact circumstances leading to the death of this child”.

She added: “Obviously, such a discovery is extremely distressing for all concerned.

“We ask people not to speculate on social media as to the identity of the child or the circumstances surrounding his death.”

She added that a “highly visible presence of officers” would “continue in the area over the next few days with comfort patrols”.

“These officers are available to speak to concerned members of the community,” she said.

“This is a rapidly evolving investigation and we are appealing to the local community for any information that may help this investigation.”

Ipswich Borough Council, which manages the housing unit, declined to comment.

The unit, a former 31-bed nursing home, was transformed in 2018 to accommodate homeless people.

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