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A murder probe has been launched as a woman's body is found in a popular Chilterns beauty spot just over the border in Oxfordshire. 

The body of a woman in her sixties was found in the woods at the Watlington Hull National Trust Estate - a popular spot with walkers from all around - at around 5.53pm on Friday evening. 

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and he is undergoing hospital treatment for serious injuries. 

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Police investigating the woman's death are possibly linking it to a suspicious incident at around 3.30pm, when a man was seen near the Fox and Hounds pub in Christmas Common. 

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Craig Kirby of the Major Crime Unit, said: “We have tonight launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a woman’s body in woodland earlier this evening.

“My thoughts remain with the deceased woman’s family at what must be a hugely distressing time.

“We are carrying out a thorough investigation to piece together what has happened to lead to this woman’s death. 

Bucks Free Press:

The scene

“Officers have located and arrested a man on suspicion of murder, he is currently undergoing hospital treatment for serious injuries.

“We are appealing for the public’s help in our investigation and we are requesting anyone with information to please come forward.

“We are particularly keen on speaking to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the Watlington Hill area before or around 5.50pm this evening.

“At this stage we are also tentatively linking this incident to reports of a man acting suspiciously near the Fox and Hounds pub in the Christmas Common area of Watlington at around 3.30pm this evening.

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“As such we are also asking anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously in this area or anyone who believes they have information that they think could assist us in our investigation to please get in touch.  

“Anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference 1300 of 23/10/20.

“If you wish to report anonymously you can do so by calling the Crimestoppers Charity on 0800 555 111.”