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Trio arrested over Barnsley murder remain in police custody

Union Street, Barnsley
Union Street, Barnsley

Three women arrested over the murder of a Barnsley woman remain in police custody this morning.

The women - aged 45, 57 and 71 and all from Barnsley town centre - were arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday.

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They are being held following the discovery of the body of 42-year-old Claire Louise Smith in Union Street at 6.50am on Saturday.

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South Yorkshire Police said a post mortem examination revealed Ms Smith died as a result of a 'very severe physical attack'.

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Anyone with information should call 01709 443544.