POLICE are investigating the suspicious death of a woman whose body was found in a flat.

The body of the 46-year-old was discovered in the property in Newmilns, East Ayrshire, late on Friday evening.

A post-mortem is to be carried out to determine exactly how the woman died, but police are treating it as suspicious.

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Officers remained at the scene yesterday and were said to be following a definite line of inquiry.

A force spokeswoman said yesterday: "[At] around 11.10pm last night the body of a 46-year-old woman was found within a flat in Loudoun Road, Newmilns.

"A post-mortem is due to take place to establish the exact cause of death. However, at this time we are treating it as suspicious and inquiries are continuing."