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Man, 60, charged with murder after body found in luxury hotel

Vaseline 2 months ago

A 60-year-old man has been charged with murder after a woman’s body was found in a luxury hotel.

James Cartright was also charged with controlling and coercive behavior after the body was found a week ago at the five-star Pennyhill Park Hotel in Bagshot, Surrey.

The hotel is a regular location for British rugby teams to train and stay while preparing for major matches.

It is less than two miles from Bagshot Park, home of the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh.

A spokesperson for Surrey Police’s Major Crime Team said on Sunday: “A 60-year-old man has been charged in connection with the ongoing murder investigation in Bagshot.

“James Cartwright, from Axminster, Devon, was charged with murder and controlling and coercive behavior after being arrested on Friday.

‘He has been remanded in custody to appear at Guildford District Court on Monday.

“If anyone has any further information that could assist our investigation, please contact us.”

The deceased woman has not yet been named.

Security remained tight at the luxury hotel in Bagshot on Sunday, even though police were close to completing the forensic investigation.

Hotel staff did not want to talk about the death of the woman whose body was allegedly found by a housekeeper last Sunday.

The hotel was locked down by Surrey Police as forensic scientists were called in to gather clues to the murder.

Police have not yet released the results of the post-mortem examination by a pathologist from the Ministry of the Interior.

The police spokesperson added: “Officers were called to Pennyhill Park Hotel by the South East Coast Ambulance Service following the discovery of the body of a woman in her 50s.

“Her family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers.

“An investigation is underway, led by Surrey Police and Sussex Police’s Major Crime Team, to establish the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death. These investigations are still ongoing.”

Senior investigating officer Det Insp Debbie Birch said: “The investigation is in its early stages and a specialist team of officers are working around the clock to follow up on investigations.”

The spokesperson added: “If you have any information that could assist our investigation, please contact us.”

England Rugby has regularly used the hotel complex for training ahead of major matches, including the Six Nations earlier this year and the 2023 Rugby World Cup.