A man has been arrested in Bishopstoke and a bedsit in Eastleigh searched by dectectives who are leading the hunt for the killer of Georgina Edmonds, a frail widow who was found battered to death at her Brambridge home two and a half years ago.
Officers from ‘Operation Columbian’ swooped on the two addresses at dawn yesterday.
The man was arrested at his Mothers home in Hamilton Road, Bishopstoke and a house converted to bedsits in The Crescent in the Newtown area of Eastleigh was also searched.
It is thought that the arrested man had been living at the bedsit at time of the murder.
The Bedsits are less than half a mile away from the ATM at Tesco Express on Twyford Road which police say was used by Mrs Edmonds killer.
There was response at the Bedsits this morning and a neighbour washing his car was unaware of the reason for yesterday’s police prescence.
A man, who did not wish to be named but lives close to the scene of the arrest in Hamilton Road Bishopstoke said he knew the occupants by sight and thought they were quiet people who minded their own business and was shocked to think that a suspected killer could have lived doors away.
Since January the police have intensified thier efforts to track down the killer since a forensic breakthrough enabled them to establish a DNA profile of the likely murderer.
There has been a poster campaign and DNA swabs were taken from local residents.
Recently the investigation switched to Bishopstoke after an item was recovered from the River Itchen.
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