Arrests after 'unexplained death' of Majella Lynch in Southampton

Police outside a property in St Denys yesterday

Police outside a property in St Denys yesterday

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A MAJOR investigation has been launched by detectives to try and determine how a Hampshire woman came to die.

Majella Lynch was pronounced dead at Southampton General Hospital two days after being rushed there by paramedics.

Now a team of detectives from Hampshire police's major crime department are involved in the probe to determine if there was any foul play.

The force says the woman's death is “unexplained” and last night confirmed they have arrested two men who have been quizzed about the 51-year-old's final hours.

One of the men is aged 45 and thought to live locally. He has since been released on police bail while they carry out further enquiries.

The other man being held by officers last night is aged 42.

Police say both men have been helping with their enquiries into what happened before Ms Lynch was rushed to hospital just before lunchtime on Good Friday, April 18.

It is understood an ambulance was called to a bedsit in St Mary's Road where they found her seriously ill.

Ms Lynch was pronounced dead at the Tremona Road hospital at 4.30am on Easter Sunday.

Now, more than a week later, police have been continuing their enquiries into what happened, including cordoning off a home in St Denys.

Officers were at the house, close to the junction with Thomas Lewis Way, throughout Sunday while a local officer stood guard at the scene throughout yesterday.

Ms Lynch was said to have been very well known in the community in which she lived, having formerly lived in a hostel in the area.

Extensive enquiries have already been carried out among local residents while those who have not yet spoken to police but who may have vital information are being urged to do so.

Today tributes were paid to Ms Lynch by residents in St Marys who described her as “generous” and “caring”.

Friend Kelly Randell, 32, from Southampton Street, said: “I knew her from the park. She was a very caring and loving person. It is a really bad shame she has gone. She was very well known round here - generous and caring.

“I felt shocked and sad, I heard what happened to her down at the day centre.”

Michael Simmons, 35, who also lives in the street, added: “I didn't know until a couple of days ago but I was shocked when the police told me.

“I feel bad for anyone who has gone.”

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: “Enquiries are focusing on establishing the circumstances of her death and we are putting considerable resources into finding out what has happened.

“We are grateful for the ongoing support of the local community however if anyone has any information which they think may assist with our investigation, we would urge them to call 101 in confidence.”

  • Additional reporting by Rebecca Pearson

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8:53am Tue 29 Apr 14

SpLiDgE says...

St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE!
St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE! SpLiDgE
  • Score: -3

8:54am Tue 29 Apr 14

SpLiDgE says...

SpLiDgE wrote:
St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE!
This
[quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE![/p][/quote]This SpLiDgE
  • Score: -3

8:58am Tue 29 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

SpLiDgE wrote:
SpLiDgE wrote:
St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE!
This
Sock puppet fail.
[quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE![/p][/quote]This[/p][/quote]Sock puppet fail. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

9:43am Tue 29 Apr 14

Zexagon says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
SpLiDgE wrote:
SpLiDgE wrote:
St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE!
This
Sock puppet fail.
Spending / speeding springs to mind
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE![/p][/quote]This[/p][/quote]Sock puppet fail.[/p][/quote]Spending / speeding springs to mind Zexagon
  • Score: -3

9:58am Tue 29 Apr 14

For pity sake says...

Zexagon wrote:
Charlie Bucket wrote:
SpLiDgE wrote:
SpLiDgE wrote:
St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE!
This
Sock puppet fail.
Spending / speeding springs to mind
Behave nicely children.
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE![/p][/quote]This[/p][/quote]Sock puppet fail.[/p][/quote]Spending / speeding springs to mind[/p][/quote]Behave nicely children. For pity sake
  • Score: 2

10:04am Tue 29 Apr 14

Zexagon says...

For pity sake wrote:
Zexagon wrote:
Charlie Bucket wrote:
SpLiDgE wrote:
SpLiDgE wrote:
St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE!
This
Sock puppet fail.
Spending / speeding springs to mind
Behave nicely children.
If he wants to pick holes in everyone
[quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE![/p][/quote]This[/p][/quote]Sock puppet fail.[/p][/quote]Spending / speeding springs to mind[/p][/quote]Behave nicely children.[/p][/quote]If he wants to pick holes in everyone Zexagon
  • Score: -5

10:22am Tue 29 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Zexagon wrote:
Charlie Bucket wrote:
SpLiDgE wrote:
SpLiDgE wrote:
St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE!
This
Sock puppet fail.
Spending / speeding springs to mind
I had no idea what you were on about at first, then I checked and saw my spelling mistake elsewhere. D'oh!

Anyways, this isn't exactly me "picking holes" in anyone, the guy forgot to log out of one account and in with another before endorsing his own post.
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE![/p][/quote]This[/p][/quote]Sock puppet fail.[/p][/quote]Spending / speeding springs to mind[/p][/quote]I had no idea what you were on about at first, then I checked and saw my spelling mistake elsewhere. D'oh! Anyways, this isn't exactly me "picking holes" in anyone, the guy forgot to log out of one account and in with another before endorsing his own post. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 1

10:22am Tue 29 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Zexagon wrote:
Charlie Bucket wrote:
SpLiDgE wrote:
SpLiDgE wrote:
St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE!
This
Sock puppet fail.
Spending / speeding springs to mind
I had no idea what you were on about at first, then I checked and saw my spelling mistake elsewhere. D'oh!

Anyways, this isn't exactly me "picking holes" in anyone, the guy forgot to log out of one account and in with another before endorsing his own post.
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE![/p][/quote]This[/p][/quote]Sock puppet fail.[/p][/quote]Spending / speeding springs to mind[/p][/quote]I had no idea what you were on about at first, then I checked and saw my spelling mistake elsewhere. D'oh! Anyways, this isn't exactly me "picking holes" in anyone, the guy forgot to log out of one account and in with another before endorsing his own post. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 0

11:05am Tue 29 Apr 14

Abkhazsoyuz says...

The photograph is of No. 57, St. Deny's Road, St. Deny's SO17 2FJ.
This address in not in the St. Mary's district.
The photograph is of No. 57, St. Deny's Road, St. Deny's SO17 2FJ. This address in not in the St. Mary's district. Abkhazsoyuz
  • Score: -2

11:47am Tue 29 Apr 14

Zexagon says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
Zexagon wrote:
Charlie Bucket wrote:
SpLiDgE wrote:
SpLiDgE wrote:
St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE!
This
Sock puppet fail.
Spending / speeding springs to mind
I had no idea what you were on about at first, then I checked and saw my spelling mistake elsewhere. D'oh!

Anyways, this isn't exactly me "picking holes" in anyone, the guy forgot to log out of one account and in with another before endorsing his own post.
Don't do it again or bed with no supper
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE![/p][/quote]This[/p][/quote]Sock puppet fail.[/p][/quote]Spending / speeding springs to mind[/p][/quote]I had no idea what you were on about at first, then I checked and saw my spelling mistake elsewhere. D'oh! Anyways, this isn't exactly me "picking holes" in anyone, the guy forgot to log out of one account and in with another before endorsing his own post.[/p][/quote]Don't do it again or bed with no supper Zexagon
  • Score: 3

11:50am Tue 29 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Zexagon wrote:
Charlie Bucket wrote:
Zexagon wrote:
Charlie Bucket wrote:
SpLiDgE wrote:
SpLiDgE wrote:
St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE!
This
Sock puppet fail.
Spending / speeding springs to mind
I had no idea what you were on about at first, then I checked and saw my spelling mistake elsewhere. D'oh!

Anyways, this isn't exactly me "picking holes" in anyone, the guy forgot to log out of one account and in with another before endorsing his own post.
Don't do it again or bed with no supper
Yes dad.
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SpLiDgE[/bold] wrote: St Marys Rd? Pretty sure the was St Denys Rd DE![/p][/quote]This[/p][/quote]Sock puppet fail.[/p][/quote]Spending / speeding springs to mind[/p][/quote]I had no idea what you were on about at first, then I checked and saw my spelling mistake elsewhere. D'oh! Anyways, this isn't exactly me "picking holes" in anyone, the guy forgot to log out of one account and in with another before endorsing his own post.[/p][/quote]Don't do it again or bed with no supper[/p][/quote]Yes dad. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: -1

12:03pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Bevois Valley Resident says...

Abkhazsoyuz wrote:
The photograph is of No. 57, St. Deny's Road, St. Deny's SO17 2FJ.
This address in not in the St. Mary's district.
Yes, as it says in the story, she was living in St Marys Road and now a different address is being searched - in St Denys Road. I don't understand the confusion of commentators on this story.
[quote][p][bold]Abkhazsoyuz[/bold] wrote: The photograph is of No. 57, St. Deny's Road, St. Deny's SO17 2FJ. This address in not in the St. Mary's district.[/p][/quote]Yes, as it says in the story, she was living in St Marys Road and now a different address is being searched - in St Denys Road. I don't understand the confusion of commentators on this story. Bevois Valley Resident
  • Score: 7

5:52pm Tue 29 Apr 14

andysaints007 says...

Some of you planks above should learn to read a story from start to finish! Then maybe you won't always make yourselves look like complete dunces!
Some of you planks above should learn to read a story from start to finish! Then maybe you won't always make yourselves look like complete dunces! andysaints007
  • Score: 4

7:39am Thu 1 May 14

kiddynamite says...

andysaints007 wrote:
Some of you planks above should learn to read a story from start to finish! Then maybe you won't always make yourselves look like complete dunces!
I think this is the problem , most tools on here still finger read and make up most of the big words because they are too difficult for them to read and understand.
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: Some of you planks above should learn to read a story from start to finish! Then maybe you won't always make yourselves look like complete dunces![/p][/quote]I think this is the problem , most tools on here still finger read and make up most of the big words because they are too difficult for them to read and understand. kiddynamite
  • Score: 0

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