LiveMURDER UPDATE: tributes paid to ex-Daily Echo staff member

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  • UPDATE: murder victim named

7:14pm

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.”

5:46pm

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."

Daily Echo:

5:29pm

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.

Daily Echo:

Daily Echo:

4:43pm

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. 

Daily Echo:

3:47pm

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."

3:40pm

Daily Echo reporter Maxwell Kusi-Obodum says the forensics team seem to be packing up.

Daily Echo:

The tent, located where the body had been found, has now been dismantled.

Daily Echo:

Officers have taken off their overalls and masks before placing their equipment in their vans. 

Daily Echo:

But police officers are still guarding the crime scene.

Daily Echo:

2:53pm

As the news of the murder of the mum-of five sinks in among family, friends and former colleagues, the police forensics investigation continues.

Daily Echo:

Daily Echo:

2:31pm

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.”

Daily Echo:

Pennie Ann Davis

1:34pm

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.

Daily Echo:

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.

1:30pm

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."

Daily Echo:

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.

Daily Echo:

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.

 

12:27pm

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.

Daily Echo:

12:24pm

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.

 

12:23pm

She was a relatively new tenant at the paddocks.

12:22pm

It is believed that she worked at a supermarket in Blackfield.

12:22pm

She had been tending her horses, as she did often, and was discovered by her husband, who would normally meet her afterwards.

12:20pm

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton confirmed that a post mortem revealed she had sufffered multiple stab wounds.

12:19pm

The murder victim has been named as being Penelope Ann Davis, a mother-of-five fromBlackfield.
 

 

12:10pm

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.”

12:01pm

Lead officer detective superintendent Paul Barton has just arrived as more and more TV, national newspaper and agency journalists converge on the murder scene.

11:59am

 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.''

Daily Echo:

11:34am

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.

Daily Echo:

11:07am

The Daily Echo understands the land has been sub-let for grazing for a number of years.

Daily Echo:

11:07am

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."

11:04am

Reporters and photographers are gathering on the roadside throughout the morning.

Daily Echo:

10:56am

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.

Daily Echo:

10:35am

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]."

Daily Echo:

10:34am

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.

10:32am

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."

Daily Echo:

10:31am

There is a Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service truck several hundred metres from the entrance.

10:29am

More police are arriving at the scene, one unmarked car has pulled into the drive and two other cars are stationed on the road.

Daily Echo:

10:27am

The Daily Echo understands the field was being leased out.

10:16am

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.

Daily Echo:

9:37am

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.

Daily Echo:

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.

 

9:07am

Daily Echo:

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.

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11:03am Thu 4 Sep 14

eurogordi says...

I know this is a serious matter and my sympathies go out to the family of this poor woman.

However, reading the live updates would suggest that the reporter at the scene is struggling to find anything constructive to say!
I know this is a serious matter and my sympathies go out to the family of this poor woman. However, reading the live updates would suggest that the reporter at the scene is struggling to find anything constructive to say! eurogordi
  • Score: 21

11:23am Thu 4 Sep 14

sotonboy84 says...

eurogordi wrote:
I know this is a serious matter and my sympathies go out to the family of this poor woman.

However, reading the live updates would suggest that the reporter at the scene is struggling to find anything constructive to say!
Completely agree. The story should have been reported then updated when something with substance could be added.

RIP - very sad.
[quote][p][bold]eurogordi[/bold] wrote: I know this is a serious matter and my sympathies go out to the family of this poor woman. However, reading the live updates would suggest that the reporter at the scene is struggling to find anything constructive to say![/p][/quote]Completely agree. The story should have been reported then updated when something with substance could be added. RIP - very sad. sotonboy84
  • Score: 18

11:43am Thu 4 Sep 14

Brite Spark says...

Well the echo have decided it's murder so there you go they must have all the facts.
Well the echo have decided it's murder so there you go they must have all the facts. Brite Spark
  • Score: 5

12:05pm Thu 4 Sep 14

JamieBedwards says...

What a sad storey rip she was such a lovely women and my thought are with the family
What a sad storey rip she was such a lovely women and my thought are with the family JamieBedwards
  • Score: 10

12:15pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Chief-Wiggum says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Well the echo have decided it's murder so there you go they must have all the facts.
The police have just confirmed it was murder so they are right
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Well the echo have decided it's murder so there you go they must have all the facts.[/p][/quote]The police have just confirmed it was murder so they are right Chief-Wiggum
  • Score: 18

12:17pm Thu 4 Sep 14

adamello says...

I know it's a bit pedantic, but I was struggling to work out where it was, Lyndhurst road, suggested it was near New Park, Brockenhurst. but now the update states the B3056, near junction of North Road, which I know very well, just north of Beaulieu, is actually known as Hatchet Lane.
I know it's a bit pedantic, but I was struggling to work out where it was, Lyndhurst road, suggested it was near New Park, Brockenhurst. but now the update states the B3056, near junction of North Road, which I know very well, just north of Beaulieu, is actually known as Hatchet Lane. adamello
  • Score: -10

1:06pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Are the words"hypothesis is that she was known to her" in the report,a typo,or is it thought that the assailant was a woman?
Are the words"hypothesis is that she was known to her" in the report,a typo,or is it thought that the assailant was a woman? Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 11

1:43pm Thu 4 Sep 14

knapsta says...

Can only assume these 'people' were substance-abused at the time of the attack as no-one in their right mind would contemplate such a motiveless action. Maybe it's time for 'revenge' to become a valid part of the criminal justice system - a very satisfying prospect for victims of such senseless crimes. The perpetrators must be sent a very stern and clear message. Bringing back the birch would be a good start - and I am usually very non-violent.
Can only assume these 'people' were substance-abused at the time of the attack as no-one in their right mind would contemplate such a motiveless action. Maybe it's time for 'revenge' to become a valid part of the criminal justice system - a very satisfying prospect for victims of such senseless crimes. The perpetrators must be sent a very stern and clear message. Bringing back the birch would be a good start - and I am usually very non-violent. knapsta
  • Score: -5

1:49pm Thu 4 Sep 14

N149125 says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Well the echo have decided it's murder so there you go they must have all the facts.
well, seeing as i actually know her... yes, she was murdered. Multiple stab wounds to the chest. If that isnt conclusive enough then stop posting your stupid comments and show some respect to this woman.
I've been friends with her and her family for YEARS so dont you dare say a single sarcastic word against them.
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Well the echo have decided it's murder so there you go they must have all the facts.[/p][/quote]well, seeing as i actually know her... yes, she was murdered. Multiple stab wounds to the chest. If that isnt conclusive enough then stop posting your stupid comments and show some respect to this woman. I've been friends with her and her family for YEARS so dont you dare say a single sarcastic word against them. N149125
  • Score: -5

1:55pm Thu 4 Sep 14

solomum says...

N149125 wrote:
Brite Spark wrote:
Well the echo have decided it's murder so there you go they must have all the facts.
well, seeing as i actually know her... yes, she was murdered. Multiple stab wounds to the chest. If that isnt conclusive enough then stop posting your stupid comments and show some respect to this woman.
I've been friends with her and her family for YEARS so dont you dare say a single sarcastic word against them.
Pennie was an amazing lovely lady. Her kids are a credit to her and need the love and support of the community. I am shocked and devastated for the whole family. He spirit will live on in her amazing children. Rest in peace Pennie.
[quote][p][bold]N149125[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Well the echo have decided it's murder so there you go they must have all the facts.[/p][/quote]well, seeing as i actually know her... yes, she was murdered. Multiple stab wounds to the chest. If that isnt conclusive enough then stop posting your stupid comments and show some respect to this woman. I've been friends with her and her family for YEARS so dont you dare say a single sarcastic word against them.[/p][/quote]Pennie was an amazing lovely lady. Her kids are a credit to her and need the love and support of the community. I am shocked and devastated for the whole family. He spirit will live on in her amazing children. Rest in peace Pennie. solomum
  • Score: 20

3:02pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Brite Spark says...

Chief-Wiggum wrote:
Brite Spark wrote:
Well the echo have decided it's murder so there you go they must have all the facts.
The police have just confirmed it was murder so they are right
Thank you for the update to the story that was written this morning, a tragic story and condolences to all who knew the lady.
[quote][p][bold]Chief-Wiggum[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Well the echo have decided it's murder so there you go they must have all the facts.[/p][/quote]The police have just confirmed it was murder so they are right[/p][/quote]Thank you for the update to the story that was written this morning, a tragic story and condolences to all who knew the lady. Brite Spark
  • Score: 5

5:15pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Dusty says...

My condolences to the family, Sorry for your lose.

Lets hope they find the person responsible, for justice for the family and for peace of mind to the people of Blackfield.
My condolences to the family, Sorry for your lose. Lets hope they find the person responsible, for justice for the family and for peace of mind to the people of Blackfield. Dusty
  • Score: 8

5:16pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Block 42 says...

knapsta wrote:
Can only assume these 'people' were substance-abused at the time of the attack as no-one in their right mind would contemplate such a motiveless action. Maybe it's time for 'revenge' to become a valid part of the criminal justice system - a very satisfying prospect for victims of such senseless crimes. The perpetrators must be sent a very stern and clear message. Bringing back the birch would be a good start - and I am usually very non-violent.
Agree....to be honest with you anyone who commits a senseless crime like this should be caught and then shot dead..we do not have any need whatsover for them on this world and we certainly shouldnt pay taxes to keep them in british holiday prison parks....kill them and be done with it...unforunately england is a soft weak state with too many do goiders who wd say who are you to lay judgement...well yiu try telling that to the poor family of this woman...I actually feel so bad for that family.
[quote][p][bold]knapsta[/bold] wrote: Can only assume these 'people' were substance-abused at the time of the attack as no-one in their right mind would contemplate such a motiveless action. Maybe it's time for 'revenge' to become a valid part of the criminal justice system - a very satisfying prospect for victims of such senseless crimes. The perpetrators must be sent a very stern and clear message. Bringing back the birch would be a good start - and I am usually very non-violent.[/p][/quote]Agree....to be honest with you anyone who commits a senseless crime like this should be caught and then shot dead..we do not have any need whatsover for them on this world and we certainly shouldnt pay taxes to keep them in british holiday prison parks....kill them and be done with it...unforunately england is a soft weak state with too many do goiders who wd say who are you to lay judgement...well yiu try telling that to the poor family of this woman...I actually feel so bad for that family. Block 42
  • Score: -3

7:49pm Thu 4 Sep 14

trisha 15 says...

We are a village in shock. Neighbours where they live we are also in shock. R I P Pennie
We are a village in shock. Neighbours where they live we are also in shock. R I P Pennie trisha 15
  • Score: 5

8:45pm Thu 4 Sep 14

Jessicarose98 says...

I personally believe its horrible that the reporter chose to print the message left with the flowers at the field, as well as the names of those who wrote it. Those notes are personal messages to the deceased as a way of paying their respect, not something that can be published in the media. I am disgusted at this invasion of privacy and lack of sympathy and understanding shown towards the friends of Pennie who were trying to pay their respects. My heart goes out to her friends and family during this hard time.
I personally believe its horrible that the reporter chose to print the message left with the flowers at the field, as well as the names of those who wrote it. Those notes are personal messages to the deceased as a way of paying their respect, not something that can be published in the media. I am disgusted at this invasion of privacy and lack of sympathy and understanding shown towards the friends of Pennie who were trying to pay their respects. My heart goes out to her friends and family during this hard time. Jessicarose98
  • Score: 15

6:42am Fri 5 Sep 14

richardgraham says...

Can anyone please tell me if Pennie used to live in Chichester ?
Can anyone please tell me if Pennie used to live in Chichester ? richardgraham
  • Score: 5

3:36pm Fri 5 Sep 14

camerajuan says...

N149125 wrote:
Brite Spark wrote:
Well the echo have decided it's murder so there you go they must have all the facts.
well, seeing as i actually know her... yes, she was murdered. Multiple stab wounds to the chest. If that isnt conclusive enough then stop posting your stupid comments and show some respect to this woman.
I've been friends with her and her family for YEARS so dont you dare say a single sarcastic word against them.
Not sure why this comment has so many thumbs down, doesn't seem right to be honest.

Horrible thing to happen to anyone much less someone so well thought of in the local community. Condolences to all who knew her especially her Children.
[quote][p][bold]N149125[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Well the echo have decided it's murder so there you go they must have all the facts.[/p][/quote]well, seeing as i actually know her... yes, she was murdered. Multiple stab wounds to the chest. If that isnt conclusive enough then stop posting your stupid comments and show some respect to this woman. I've been friends with her and her family for YEARS so dont you dare say a single sarcastic word against them.[/p][/quote]Not sure why this comment has so many thumbs down, doesn't seem right to be honest. Horrible thing to happen to anyone much less someone so well thought of in the local community. Condolences to all who knew her especially her Children. camerajuan
  • Score: 5
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