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Woman found murdered in home before suspect dies in police chase is named by family

A woman who was found dead at a property has been named by her family, police have said.

Becci Rees-Hughes has been locally named as the woman who was found in Beverley, East Yorkshire, before a man “who left the scene” died after crashing during a police chase.

Yesterday, Humberside Police launched a murder investigation after finding a woman’s body at a property on Monday morning.

Police found the woman’s body at a house in Beverley following reports of concern for safety.

A man was reported to have left the address in a Volkswagen Polo at around 6am the same morning.

The car was later spotted by officers and pursuit ensued.

The Polo then collided with a Ford Transit van and the driver of the Volkswagen car was pronounced dead at the scene.

Yesterday, police said they believe the discovery of the woman’s body was connected to the road traffic collision.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Alan Curtis said: “Our thoughts are with Becci’s family at this very difficult time.

“Whilst our investigations are continuing into Becci’s murder, at this time, we do not believe we are looking for anyone else in connection with her death.

“A Post-Mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of death in the coming days.”

Yesterday, he said: “Whilst we are in the early stages of our enquiries, I can reassure the public that this is an isolated incident and there is no ongoing or wider risk to the public.

“Officers discovered the woman’s body at a house on Samman Road in Beverley after receiving reports of concern for safety.

“As part of our enquiries, a man was reported to have left the address in Beverley in a Volkswagon Polo at around 6am.

“The car was later seen by police officers on the A1035 between Seaton and Hornsea and a short police pursuit ensued.

“The Polo was then in a collision with another vehicle, a Ford Transit van, at around 6.30am. The driver of the Polo was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The man driving the Ford Transit van was taken to hospital with serious and potentially life-changing injuries and remains in hospital at this time.

“As there was a police pursuit, the incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to be independently reviewed.

“The woman’s family have been informed of her death and the investigation into her murder and are being provided support by specially trained officers.

“The man’s family have also been informed of his death and specially trained officers are in contact with them offering support.

“Specialist Roads Policing Officers are in contact with the driver of the Ford Transit and their family to offer support and updates in regard to the investigation.

Anyone who can help with their enquiries that has not already been spoken to can call our non-emergency number 101 quoting log 66 of 25 July 2022.

If you would rather give your information anonymously, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.