Police reveal cause of death in murder inquiry

PUBLISHED: 14:28 10 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:32 10 January 2018

Property at the centre of a murder enquiry in Nailsea.

Property at the centre of a murder enquiry in Nailsea.


A post-mortem has confirmed Nailsea woman Claire Tavener died after a ‘violent assault’.

Police this afternoon (Wednesday) said no-one has been charged in connection with her death.

The Times understands her husband Andrew Tavener has been arrested as part of their murder inquiry.

He remains in hospital after suffering a life-changing hand injury.

Detective Inspector Mike Buck said Claire’s family are devastated by this week’s events.

Property at the centre of a murder enquiry in Nailsea.Property at the centre of a murder enquiry in Nailsea.

She was found dead at her home in Brendon Gardens in Nailsea at 7am on Monday.

Mr Tavener was arrested at Nailsea & Backwell Railway Station 30 minutes later.

MORE: Police launch murder inquiry after sudden death in North Somerset.

DI Buck, from Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We have a team of officers and police staff working on this inquiry and we’ll be speaking with people that knew the victim over the next few days.

“A forensic post-mortem examination has been carried out which confirmed the victim died as the result of a violent assault.

“Trained family liaison officers are in place supporting the victim’s family, who are understandably devastated by what’s happened.

MORE: Fundraising effort launched to support Claire’s sons.

“We’ll keep them updated as our inquiry progresses.

“A 45-year-old man who was arrested on Monday morning remains in hospital receiving treatment.

“We’re treating this as an isolated incident but would still like to speak to anyone with any information which could help us - even if the information may seem insignificant.”

* Anyone with information which could help the police is asked to call 101 and quote reference log 108 from January 8.

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