The St Martins community has been left in shock after a murder investigation was launched in the village.

West Mercia Police have confirmed that an 80-year-old man had died at an address in Oak Drive on Wednesday afternoon (September 8).

The cause of the man's death is not yet known, but a spokesman for the police force confirmed it is being treated as suspicious and that a 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

And the incident has come as a shock to local people, who expressed their sadness at the news that a member of the community had died suddenly.

Helen Williams, chairman of St Martins Parish Council, described the incident as 'very tragic'.

She said: “It’s very sad. It’s the last thing you expect and it is very tragic.

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“It is very sad for the village and we are all very concerned for, and sending our condolences to, the family affected.”

West Mercia Police have reassured members of the public in St Martins that it is being treated as an isolated incident.

Police officers were seen at the address on Wednesday afternoon and maintained a visible presence at the scene on Thursday morning.

One resident in the village described how he had seen a large police presence in the area since late Wednesday afternoon.

Another, who also did not want to be identified, added: "One would hope that it would never ever happen somewhere close to where you live.”

Meanwhile, vicar at St Martins Parish Church Stuart Jermy reminded those in the area that the church is available for people who require some space or wish to pay their respects.

He said: “The church and myself will be available for anybody who wants to come and pay their respects.

“It is made available for those who would like some space or a quiet place to pray for those affected by the loss.

“Our hearts go out to the family affected and we will be praying for them.”