instagram envelope_alt facebook twitter search youtube_play whatsapp remove external_link loop2 arrow-down2

Murder inquiry after gun dealer’s wife shot at home

‘Devoted mother’: Solicitor Silke Hartshorne-Jones with her twin sons PICTURES: EAST ANGLIA NEWS SERVICE

A MURDER investigation has been launched after the wife of a gun dealer was fatally shot at her farmhouse.

The victim, named locally as corporate solicitor Silke Hartshorne-Jones, was found by Suffolk Police who were called to the couple’s Grade-II listed home in the early hours yesterday.

She was in a critical condition and taken by ambulance to Ipswich Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Ms Hartshorne-Jones, who was in her 40s, lived at the 17th Century home in Barham, near Ipswich, with her husband Peter Hartshorne-Jones, 51, and eight-year-old twins Henry and Harry.

Cordoned off: Police at the couple’s home in Barham near Ipswich yesterday

Her husband runs Hartshorne Fine English Shotguns, selling what his website describes as ‘the finest sporting English and Scottish shotguns’.

He also has a recruitment company specialising in providing staff for the catering industry.

One villager described Mrs Hartshorne-Jones, who was German, as friendly and ‘a devoted mother’.

‘What has happened is just awful beyond words. It is the last thing you expect in a peaceful village like this,’ the local added.

Neighbour Kevin Terry, 53, said: ‘She was quite a stern and forthright person but she spoke excellent English with only a bit of an accent.

‘He was a very English character who liked to wear a flat cap, and a Barbour jacket, and he had a collection of multi-coloured corduroy trousers.’

Sussex Police, who cordoned off the property, said a 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.