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We were called to an incident in Turpins Close, Clacton, shortly before 1pm yesterday, Tuesday 21 February.
We arrived alongside ambulance service colleagues and found a woman aged in her 80s had sustained a serious head injury.
She was taken to hospital for treatment but, very sadly, later died. A post-mortem examination will be carried out.
Detectives began investigating the circumstances around the incident and a man known to the woman was arrested on suspicion of murder.
John Berry, 84, of Turpins Close, Clacton, has been charged with murder.
He is due to appear at Colchester Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, Thursday 23 February.
Detective chief inspector Ant Alcock said:
“This incident has deeply affected everyone who has had a hand in the Essex Police response.
“This is an isolated incident and at no stage was there ever any wider threat to the Clacton community.
“I want to also take this opportunity to offer my sincere sympathy to all those affected in this case – it is simply a tragedy.”