Stephen Searle Charged with the murder of Anne Searle

Police have charged 64-year-old Stephen Searle with murder, following the death of a woman in Stowmarket at the weekend.

Police were called to an address in The Brickfields at 10.30pm on Saturday 30 December.

On arrival at the property a woman was discovered unresponsive. Paramedics attended the address but the woman was declared deceased at the scene.

A Home Office post mortem examination was conducted on Sunday 31 December and requires further tests to be carried out.

The victim has been formally identified as Anne Searle, aged 62, of The Brickfields, Stowmarket.

64-year-old Stephen Searle, of the same address, was charged with murder in the early hours of Tuesday 2


January. The accused and victim were husband and wife.

Stephen Searle has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates’ Court this morning, Tuesday 2 January.




Previous Release –
Detectives investigating a murder in Stowmarket have been granted a further 24 hours to question a man in connection with the incident.

Police were called to an address on The Brickfields in Stowmarket at 10.20pm on Saturday 30 December. On arrival at the property a woman, believed to be in her 60s, was discovered unresponsive and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The death is being treated as suspicious and a 64 year old man from Stowmarket was arrested and taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

A superintendent authorised a 12 hour extension of detention yesterday evening and this morning officers made an application for a warrant of further detention at Ipswich Magistrates’ Court.  

Detectives have been granted an additional 24 hours to question the 64-year-old suspect.

This will expire at 11.12am tomorrow morning, Tuesday 2 January 2018.

A cordon remains in place at the scene as police continue with their enquiries.