Police arrest fourth man, 71, on suspicion of Lorraine Cox murder

Police have arrested a fourth man in connection with the suspected murder of Exeter woman Lorraine Cox.

A 71-year-old local man is currently in custody and being questioned on suspicion of murder, Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed this afternoon.

Three men, aged 22, 30 and 33, who also live locally, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday.

They remain in police custody and detectives have been granted extra time to talk to them.

Murder investigation launched in Mary Arches Street, Exeter
Murder investigation launched in Mary Arches Street, Exeter
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Superintendent Anthony Hart, local policing commander for Exeter and East Devon said Lorraine was last seen in Exeter city centre on September 1 but following ‘significant developments’ a murder investigation had been launched.

He would not elaborate on whether a body had been found or what information led police to believe she had been killed. But he confirmed her family had been informed and asked for their privacy to be respected.

“Cordons are in place in the vicinity of Mary Arches Street, there are a number of police search teams in attendance there and the street will remain closed for the next few days,” he said.

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Police have erected a number of Special Operations Tents in Mary Arches Street, Exeter
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Detectives want the public’s help to trace Lorraine’s final movements. He said the last sighting of Lorraine was in the city centre in the early hours of the morning.

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“The focus of our enquiries remain in Mary Arches Street.”

He said the investigation was ‘fast moving’ and more information would be made public as soon as possible.

Police activity would continue in Mary Arches Street.

“This is a very rare occurrence, Exeter remains a very safe place to live,” he said.

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