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Man held after woman found dead in Southampton flat

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Man held after woman's body found in Southampton flat Man held after woman's body found in Southampton flat

A woman was found dead today after police negotiators were called to a "domestic incident".

Officers were called to a flat in Paynes Road, Southampton, in the early hours of this morning.

After police managed to enter the Napier House property, a woman's body was found and a man was arrested.

A Hampshire Police spokeswoman said: "Specialist officers, including negotiators, were sent to the scene and soon gained entry to the property.

"A man was immediately detained. The body of a woman was found inside the flat.

"The man is currently in custody and the area around the flat remains sealed off to enable officers to conduct a full investigation."

The road in which the incident happened was the scene of a horrific double murder and suicide less than three years ago.

On September 21 2008, David Cass, 33, smothered his two daughters, Ellie, three, and Isobelle, 14 months, in the caravan where he lived in the grounds of Paynes Road Car Sales.

Moments later, he called his estranged girlfriend, Kerrie Hughes, and told her what he had done.

Speaking of their two children, he said: "They're asleep forever." He then hanged himself.

Southampton coroner Keith Wiseman recorded verdicts at an inquest into the deaths that both girls were unlawfully killed and Cass had committed suicide.

The block of flats where the body was found remains sealed off by police who were guarding the entrance.

The large, modern building is on a busy road in Southampton and scenes of crime officers were inside one of the flats.

Police later blocked off the road and a Ford Focus was towed away.

Staff in businesses close by said they knew nothing of events until they arrived this morning.

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