Police name woman who died in Wisbech from a stab wound to the neck - man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in hospital with ‘minor injuries’

Wisbech murder victim Laraine Maria Rayner

Wisbech murder victim Laraine Maria Rayner - Credit: Archant

Police have named a woman who died at a block of flats in Mill Road in Wisbech.

Mill Close, Wisbech, where a woman's body has been recovered. A man has been arrested on suspicion o

Mill Close, Wisbech, where a woman's body has been recovered. A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. - Credit: Archant

On Sunday officers discovered the woman, who has now been formally identified as Laraine Maria Rayner, 52, of Mill Road in Wisbech.

A post mortem carried out by Home Office pathologist, Nat Cary, concluded Ms Rayner died from a stab wound to the neck.

Ms Rayner had three children.

In a statement her family said: “Laraine was a cheerful, happy lady who was always there for other people.

Mill Close, Wisbech, where a woman's body has been recovered. A man has been arrested on suspicion o

Mill Close, Wisbech, where a woman's body has been recovered. A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. - Credit: Archant


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“She would often come out with one line comments that would make people laugh. She will be sadly missed by all the family.”

A 43-year-old man from Wisbech has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in hospital with minor injuries.

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Anyone with information is asked to call DI Lucy Thomson on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Police have described the suspected murder of Ms Rayner as an “isolated incident”.

The man being questioned by detectives is thought to be her partner who lived with her.

Neighbours were reluctant to talk about the English couple who lived there but said police had been to the flat once recently after a suspected domestic incident.

The man, 43, arrested at the scene followed a call to the flat on Sunday at around 9.40pm. Neighbours said forensic experts arrived during the night and officers remain at the flat today.

One report suggests the dead woman had been suffering of late from a brain tumour. Police will not reveal who dialled 999 but a spokesman said the caller spoke of “concern for a woman at the premises”.

The man was treated for minor injuries in hospital before being questioned by detectives.

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