The neighbour of a woman found dead at a house in Gerrards Cross has said she heard ‘high pitched’ screams from her garden.

The retired woman, who did not want to be named but has lived in the area for thirty years, spoke of her shock after the body of her neighbour - who is yet to be named - was found at the house in High Beeches on Monday (October 10).

She said: “I heard a scream about 5 o’clock Monday tea time.

“An ambulance and five police cars were there all evening.

“I went to bed at half past 10 and they were still there.”

She added: “I was in the garden so it was quite loud.

“It was a high pitched scream. It’s was not very nice.”

Speaking about the people who live there she said: “They’ve been there for quite a while.”

Police found the body at around 5.50pm on Monday (October 10) following reports that a woman in her30s had died .

An investigation was launched into the circumstances surrounding her death.

A post mortem examination was carried out yesterday (October 13).

Following this the force’s Major Crime Unit has now launched a murder investigation.

A 58 year-old man from Gerrards Cross has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.

A scene watch is currently in place.

Senior investigating officer Det Chief Insp Simon Steel, of the Major Crime Unit, based at Aylesbury police station, said: “We have launched a murder investigation and we are appealing for anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

“If anyone has information in connection with this incident they should call the Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101 quoting the reference 1171 10/10/16.”

Supt Yvette Hitch, LPA Commander for Chiltern and South Bucks, said: “This is a concerning incident, as a result we have increased patrols in the area to provide reassurance to the public.

“If anyone has any concerns in connection with this I would encourage you to speak to one of the Neighbourhood Policing Patrols or please call 101.”

If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.