Man arrested in Valerie Graves murder inquiry

Valerie Graves.
Valerie Graves.

Detectives have arrested a man on suspicion of the murder of Borders artist and designer Valerie Graves in Bosham, Sussex.

The 22-year-old man was detained on Tuesday and is currently in custody.

Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team launched a murder investigation on Monday, December 30, after the body of Ms Graves, 55, was found in a house in Bosham’s Smugglers Lane.

She and her family were looking after the house while the owners were away over Christmas.

Ms Graves was found dead in a ground-floor bedroom by a member of her family.

A post mortem revealed she died from significant head and facial injuries.

Ms Graves, who graduated from Heriot-Watt University’s Galashiels campus in 2007, had previously lived at Maxton and had run a craft workshop at Harestanes, near Jedburgh.

Detectives from the Sussex force had also travelled to the Borders last week, while they conducted enquiries in the region.

Last week, Fiona Waldron, Head of the School of Textiles and Design at Heriot-Watt University’s campus in Galashiels, paid tribute to Ms Graves, saying she would be much missed.

The death has shocked the community of Bosham, which featured in the ITV drama, Midsomer Murders.