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Shopkeepers in Blackfield where Pennie Davis lived have been offering their condolences to her family.
The mother-of-five had been settling into the New Forest village after moving there with her family eight months ago.
A waitress from Bubble and Squeak cafe said: “It's so tragic, especially with her poor children.
"It's horrible to think that somebody you may have served and met in the village is no longer here and in such a disgraceful way.
"It's so shocking and all we can do is hope that the family are being looked after.”
Blackfield Post Office owners Mohammad and Ayesha Noor added: “It's so sad for her family, we have had so many customers coming in and telling us about how lovely she was.
"You don't think anything like this could happen so close to home, it really is a shock.”
Flowers are beggining to be laid at the murder scene. A bunch of pink roses was the first to be left, with a note from Tracey, Kenzie and Tash, Ethan and Lee.
It reads: "Pennie we shared such happy times and memories that I will keep for the rest of my life.
"You don't deserve to leave us so young. You are going to be missed so much by all of us. RIP our friend."
Police officers have just had to temporarily call off a finger tip search after a herd of cows rushed into the field where the murder took place.
Echo reporter Maxwell Kusi-Obodum says that although the forensic officers have packed up the tent and taken off their white suits and masks, the investigation is very much still in progress.
He says officers are now using a state-of-the-art three dimensional imaging system which he says places small white balls at various points across the field.
A camera then spins round 360 degress in a similar way to a camera used by Google to create its online 'street view'.
The 3D image of the murder scene will then be used by detectives back at base as part of their ongoing investigation.
Neighbour, Esther Hayward, 27, said Pennie had only moved next door eight months ago and that she has been working at Sainsbury's, stacking shelves and on the counter.
She said: "It is awful and horrendus. She was a lovely and chatty person who used to talk a lot about her house.
"When she moved in she was saying she and her husband were very lucky to get the place and were over the moon with it. The couple were both so lovely.
"She was caring and friendly with everyone who came into the shop."
She added: "It is quite scary that something like this can happen to someone who is so genuine."
Daily Echo reporter Maxwell Kusi-Obodum says the forensics team seem to be packing up.
The tent, located where the body had been found, has now been dismantled.
Officers have taken off their overalls and masks before placing their equipment in their vans.
But police officers are still guarding the crime scene.
As the news of the murder of the mum-of five sinks in among family, friends and former colleagues, the police forensics investigation continues.
It has been confirmed that murder victim and mum-of-five Pennie Ann Davis is a former Daily Echo staff member.
Pennie, who is known to staff and clients as Pennie Lambert in her role as business development representative at the paper, worked for the Daily Echo between 2010 and 2011.
Responding to news of her death, editor Ian Murray said: “All of us who remember working with Pennie are shocked by the terrible news of her death.
“Pennie was a lively, bubbly and professional member of the team here who always seemed in good spirits whatever the challenge.
“She and I worked together on projects on many occasions and it is a personal blow to learn of her death.
“Along with everyone else here at the Daily Echo I wish to send my deepest condolences to Pennie’s family, especially her children and husband of just a few months Pete.”
Paying tribute, Kerry Darwin, Newspaper Sales and Promotions Manager at the Daily Echo, who employed Pennie between 2010 and 2011, said:
“Myself and my team are shocked at today’s news of the sad loss of Pennie. She was truly brilliant at her job and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.”
Pennie Ann Davis
THE woman found murdered in a Hampshire field was a much loved mum-of-five who had married the love of her life just four months ago.
Newlywed Pennie Ann Davis was stabbed to death as she tended to her horse in a field at Leygreen Farm in Beaulieu on Tuesday afternoon.
This afternoon her family released a statement paying tribute to the 47-year-old.
They said: “We are devastated by the death of our beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend.
“Pennie was a remarkable person. She was a devoted mother of five children who worked hard to ensure that they had everything they needed.
She cared for and supported them in everything they did.
“In May she married her love, Pete, at a joyful occasion surrounded by her loved ones.
“Pennie was the kind of woman who once she became your friend she was a friend for life.
"We are overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and grief that her death has caused.
“She was particularly close to her mother who is devastated by her death and who joins the whole family in appealing to everyone for help in finding the perpetrator of this crime.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Operation Biscotti team at Southampton on 101.
Police are today hunting a killer who viciously stabbed to death a mother of five in a remote Hampshire field.
Officers revealed this morning that the victim was Penelope Ann Davis, 47, who lived and worked in the Blackfield area.
Penelope, known locally Pennie, had been tending to her horses in the field off Lyndhurst Road in Beaulieu when the attack was believed to have happened.
It was her husband who made the horrific discovery of her body.
According to the police officer leading the case, Det Sup Paul Barton, Mrs Davis, visited the paddock opposite Leytree Farm daily and on Tuesday afternoon had arranged to meet her husband in the field after work.
Det Sup Barton said: "He found her lying in the field and on closer examination he could see that she had suffered serious injuries."
Mr Davis then contacted the emergency services who arrived at 4.30pm, but Mrs Davis was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say Mrs Davis was well known in the Blackfield area where she worked locally in a supermarket.
Her husband and children were said to be "absolutely devastated" and were being looked after by specially trained police officers.
Meanwhile, a team of more than 70 officers are today involved in the hunt for her killer.
Hampshire police would not comment on whether the murder weapon had been found but said it was believed to be some sort of knife.
The farm opposite the murder scene which has also been subject to a police cordon was not part of the investigation, Det Sup Barton said.
He said he was keeping an open mind on the motive of the killer: "It is a hypothesis that Mrs Davis was known to her killer but equally she may have not have done.
"This was a vicious attack in a remote area and we do not have the benefit of CCTV or automatic number plate recognition or any of the other things that we can usually rely on.
"However, this is a busy short cut used by a number of people in the area and we would like to hear from anybody who was in the area and was using the road at the material time on Tuesday."
Det Sup Paul Barton at a press conference
Det Sup Barton also appealed for any tourists who were in the area, perhaps on an open top bus tour that also goes past the field and anybody who may have visited a river who runs to the side of the field.
Mrs Davis was understood to have been a relatively new tenant of the paddock where she kept a couple of horse, according to police.
Det Sup Paul Barton
This afternoon forensic teams were continuing to search the field where the murder took place. Officers dressed in white boiler suits were alongside crime scene investigators conducting a finger tip search of the field.
The investigation has been code named Operation Biscotti and is urging anyone with information who was in the area to contact the investigation team on 101 or anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area between 2pm and 5pm on Tuesday. They also said that the scene is along the route used by a tourist bus company and have appealed for anyone using that to come forward with any information or any pictures they may have taken in the area.
Det Supt Barton said that they were keeping an open mind about the motive of her killer but one hypothesis is that she was known to her. He confirmed that no arrests have been made.
She was a relatively new tenant at the paddocks.
It is believed that she worked at a supermarket in Blackfield.
She had been tending her horses, as she did often, and was discovered by her husband, who would normally meet her afterwards.
Detective Superintendent Paul Barton confirmed that a post mortem revealed she had sufffered multiple stab wounds.
The murder victim has been named as being Penelope Ann Davis, a mother-of-five fromBlackfield.
A man has spoken of passing the scene and seeing several vehicles shortly before a woman’s body was found.
John Pearce, 22, from Lymington, was on his way to go shopping with his partner and decided to go the longer route.
He passed the murder scene just after 3pm on Tuesday. He said: “We came this way because traffic was bad. As I was passing by I saw a white Transit van. I’m sure 70 per cent sure it was that, parked on the lay-by opposite the gate.
“I came down another lane and there was a silver Vauxhall Zafira parked on the bridge but there didn’t seem to be anyone in it.”
Lead officer detective superintendent Paul Barton has just arrived as more and more TV, national newspaper and agency journalists converge on the murder scene.
Apart from the farm, the only neighbouring property is a bed and breakfast and the owner said she did not want to comment.
A neighbour who lives further down the road said: ''You're not safe anywhere.''
Another resident said: ''It's a little strange, they seem to be saying it's murder which is unusual, nothing like that has happened in the 15 years I have lived here.''
A nearby landowner said that he would be surprised if the death was actually a murder.
He said: ''The field is used for horses and up until recently there has been someone going there regularly and keeping a horse there and to me that would be consistent with an accident in the field, if you are around horses things do happen - they are easily spooked and that field is near the road, there could have been a big bang, there are all sorts of scenarios.''
Reporters are now gathering ahead of a press conference by the scene with lead officer detective superintendent Paul Barton.
There are so many unanswered questions at this point - not least the identity of the victim and the cause of her death.
The Daily Echo understands the land has been sub-let for grazing for a number of years.
The Beaulieu Estate has released a statement to the Daily Echo.
Resident agent Rachel Pearson said: "We are really sad to hear of the tragic death at Leygreen Farm. The land is let by the Beaulieu Estate to a farm tenant who sub-lets it to a horse grazer."
Reporters and photographers are gathering on the roadside throughout the morning.
This is what appears to be the main gate, which has white plastic covering it, another car is on another entrance to the field on North Lane and another officer is at the entrance of Leygreen Farm across the road.
One man, a resident who lives nearby, stopped in his car to leave his details with police.
The man, who did not want to be named, told the Daily Echo he had not seen anything but was on the road at around the time police had specified they were interested in so wanted to give his contact details.
He said: "Obviously I'm shocked like everyone else is.
"One is always surprised and horrified [by something like this]."
The spot is very isolated but only a few hundred metres from the Beaulieu Motor Museum.
There is only one nearby home next door to the farm, which is a bed and breakfast, but the rest of the surrounding area is farmland and fields.
The farm appears to be a caste estate with fields behind it. There are a number of cars on the farm and workers are still going about their farm duties, carrying straw and feeding animals.
A man in a purple shirt has emerged from the farm. He crossed the road into the field close to the white tent to feed horses.
He had police with him throughout and when approached by the Daily Echo said: "I don't have anything to say."
There is a Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service truck several hundred metres from the entrance.
More police are arriving at the scene, one unmarked car has pulled into the drive and two other cars are stationed on the road.
The Daily Echo understands the field was being leased out.
When the Daily Echo first went to the scene yesterday our photographer snapped this car, a Skoda Fabia estate, which has now been cordoned off as part of the crime scene.
Reporter Emma Streatfield, who is down at the scene this morning, said there is calm at the scene of a murder this morning.
The scene, which is on the B3056 very close to a crossroads with North Lane, is being preserved by a substantial police presence.
Across the road from Leygreen Farm is a field where a white forensics tent remains in place.
The field itself is blocked off by a police car and official tape.
There are also police officers and vehicles stationed outside Leygreen Farm.
Cars are slowing down on the road no doubt curious about the police presence, but also for a number of horses that have strayed onto the road.
There are a number of photographers and camera crews at the scene.
Detective Superintendent Paul Barton
Hampshire police have this morning confirmed that a media briefing at 11.30am today regarding the murder death of the 47-year-old woman.
It will be held at the scene at Ley Green Farm, Lyndhurst Road near Beaulieu.
Detective Superintendent Paul Barton will be giving the update by the police cordon.