A YOUNG girl was found hiding behind a tree after fleeing a home where a woman was discovered murdered.
Horrified neighbours heard the five-year-old screaming through the quiet cul-de-sac in Shipdham near Dereham, Norfolk.
A local later took her inside after finding her sheltering behind a 70ft tall oak tree following the horror on Sunday.
Armed police scrambled to the sleepy village and discovered a woman aged in her 30s dead inside a three-bedroom home.
A man, also aged in his 30s, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
The victim, a mum-of-two, has been described as “absolutely lovely” by neighbours and was devoted to her children.
Alice Wool, 19, who lives opposite with her four-month-old daughter, said: “She was an absolutely lovely lady. What has happened is just horrific. I literally can’t believe it.
“She always smiled and waved at me when she used to go out shopping.
“I was out when it happened, but a neighbour told me that there were screams and the little girl ran out of the house and hid behind a tree.
“Then a neighbour came out and took her in before the police arrived. It must have been awful for her and I can’t stop thinking about it.”
Alice said the woman would often share treats with other children in the close-knit neighbourhood.
She also explained how she was regularly seen tending to her beloved garden.
Another neighbour Jamie Douglas, 19, said: “I was sat inside and my girlfriend said she had sen an ambulance. Then it just went mad.
“There were seven police cars, five armed response vehicles, a dog unit and a couple of ambulances, as well as an air ambulance helicopter landing at the back. I heard that she was dead at the scene."
Officers had been called to the house at around 2.18pm following reports of a concern for safety.
Norfolk Police added: "A man from Shipdham, in his 30s, has subsequently been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre in connection with the incident.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting CAD 214 of August 1, 2021.
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