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A 60-year-old man from Sandown, who was arrested on suspicion of murdering a 45-year-old woman from Gurnard, has been released without charge.

As first reported by Island Echo, several Police officers and ambulance responded to The Avenue in Gurnard at just gone 16:00 on Thursday where they found a woman in a ‘seriously ill’ state. She was rushed to St Mary’s Hospital under Police escort but was pronounced dead a short while later.

Hampshire Constabulary confirmed on Thursday night that they had arrested a 60-year-old man on suspicion of murder, prompting forensics teams to search the terraced property yesterday.

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Police have today (Saturday) confirmed that the death is no longer being treated as suspicious and that they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the death. The 60-year-old man has been released without charge with no further action to be taken.

A Home Office Post Mortem has been conducted and at this stage the cause of death is unascertained, pending further laboratory investigations. It is thought the woman, a known alcoholic, died as a result of a cardiac arrest.

There is a continued presence at the address in Gurnard as officers conclude their examination and search of the scene.

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