A man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a much-loved horsewoman in Yorkshire.

Humberside Police has launched a murder investigation after the death of Fiona Southwell (pictured).

The 59-year-old’s body was found at Grange Farm, Goxhill Lane, Seaton, near Hull, on Friday (15 July). Officers were called just before 7pm.

The 21-year-old arrested on suspicion of murder remains in custody and police have appealed to the public for information.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Cockerill, who is leading the investigation, said: “The major incident team is continuing the investigation Fiona Southwell’s murder and detectives are continuing to piece together how she died.

“I am aware that this incident will be a shock to those living the local area, given its remote and rural location.

“It is important to re-iterate that murders are extremely rare and crime in general remains very low in countryside settings, so I would urge people not to be fearful.”

Tributes have been posted to Ms Southwell on social media.

Vicky Clappison wrote on Facebook: “Fiona was a caring person who would not harm a fly. An excellent horse trainer and instructor.”

Margaret Atkin added: “We will miss her. I can’t believe that anyone could harm her. May she find peace with all her beloved horses.”

Mr Cockerill said the force was “committed to identifying those responsible for Fiona’s death”.

He added: “Anyone who hasn’t spoken to the police with anything pertinent to the investigation should call the force on 101.”


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Detectives would like to speak to anyone who was using the old railway track between Hull and Hornsea between 7am and 7pm on 15 July.

The track passes the farm and is well used by cyclists and walker, who may have seen anything suspicious or untoward.

Anyone with information should call 101, quoting log 517 of 15/07/6, or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555 111.