Police investigating the murder of woman in Lewes have arrested a second man.
The body of the woman was found by a dog walker in a wheelie bin in undergrowth at a recreation ground off Landport Road around 12.30pm on Wednesday (November 13). She has not been formally identified at this time, but police are satisfied that she is 39-year-old Nicola Stevenson (pictured), from Lewes. She had suffered a significant head injury and a post mortem has shown that she died as a result of blunt force trauma to her head. Her next-of-kin have been informed.
A 41-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested in Lewes on Thursday morning on suspicion of murder. He remained in custody on Friday afternoon (November 15). On Thursday evening, a 37-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested in a car park in Langney Road, Eastbourne, also on suspicion of her murder. He too remained in custody on Friday afternoon.
Search and forensic teams continue to work at the recreation ground and also at Nicola's home in nearby Stansfield Road. It is hoped that the current cordon will be reduced by the weekend.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Friday, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who is leading the investigation, said: "Our thoughts at this time are with Nicola's family and friends and we are determined to seek justice for them.
"Nicola died following a significant blow to the head. Her body had been placed in the wheelie bin and dumped in the undergrowth and we want to establish when that happened and when she was last seen alive.
"We know that the bin was probably there on November 1 and we are now trying to establish when Nicola was last seen alive. Our initial appeal prompted a number of calls around the wheelie bin and I would like to thank everyone who has called in. We would still welcome any more information around any aspect of the investigation, but I am really interested to hear from anyone who saw her after around the first week of October.
"Please report online or call 101 quoting Operation Stafford."