Murder in Skegness Tower Gardens

Body found – Town man accused

A Skegness man stood before magistrates yesterday, Thursday, charged with murder of a woman whose body was discovered early on Tuesday morning in the Tower Gardens, Skegness.
Robert Francis Hewson, 39, of Grosvenor Road is charged with the murder of 35-year-old Susan Patricia Iddon, from the Tyne and Wear area.
Hewson, who is unemployed, was remanded in custody until November 20. There was no application for bail.
Susan’s body was discovered shortly before 8am an Tuesday by a man walking his dog in the Skegness park.
Police have not yet confirmed the cause of her death. They are currently awaiting the results of forensic tests carried out following a post mortem held at the Pilgrim hospital, Boston, on Tuesday evening.
Susan moved to Skegness less than four weeks ago to look after her ill mother who lives on Roman Bank.
She was last seen alive at 7pm when she left her mother’s home to meet a friend for a night out in the town.
It is thought she may have visited a number of local pubs on the night in question but police have yet to ascertain her movements during the following 13 hours.
Skegness police are appealing to Standard readers who may have seen her in the town during that time to come forward. They are also anxious to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything in the area of Tower Gardens on Monday night or the early hours of Tuesday morning.
“We are looking for anybody who saw Susan out in Skegness on Monday, November 10, between the hours of 7pm and 9am the following morning,” said Insp Russ Hardy of Lincolnshire Police. “We want to know who she spoke to and where she went. An incident room has been set up and anyone with information can contact officers direct on [phone number supplied]”
Immediately after the alarm was raised on Tuesday, police sealed off the entire Tower Gardens to the pubic.
The body remained where it was discovered – at the corner of the park between the Pavilion and Rutland Road entrance – while police awaited the arrival from Nottingham of the Home Office Pathologist who was giving evidence at Crown Court.
A team of around 30 to 40 police officers carried out a finger-tip search of the entire park.
The garden’s undergrowth was scoured inch by inch for evidence while divers from the police Under Water Search Unit searched the park’s pond for clues.
Forensic scientists examined the scene of the crime while uniformed officers and detectives made house to house inquiries around the area of Rutland Road, Park Avenue and Scarbrough Avenue.
The search resumed the following day. It is thought the investigation may continue for a number of weeks.

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A subsequent article in the Skegness Standard gave a synopsis of the story above but continued…

Police looking for mystery blonde

The death of a woman whose body was found in Tower Gardens, Skegness, was caused by compression to the neck, an inquest at Spilsby heard…
…Police investigating the death of Susan Iddon have launched an urgent appeal for a witness to come forward.
Officers from Skegness CID are eager to trace a blonde haired female who walked through the Skegness park in the early hours of Tuesday, November 11.
They believe the woman, who exited the gardens onto Rutland Road, may be a vital witness.

Photo: Murdered woman, Susan Patricia Iddon


Photo: Lincolnshire Police Scene of Crime officers and forensic scientists at the opening of the protective tent which was used to cover the body of the 35-year-old woman discovered in the Tower Gardens, Skegness, early on Tuesday morning.


Photo: A diver from the police Under Water Search Unit prepares to search the Tower Gardens’ pond.


Photo: A search of the entire park was conducted by police. Here officers scour undergrowth and shrubs for evidence.


Photo: The scene of the crime. The woman’s body was discovered in the Skegness park just beyond the empty Pavilion.


Photo: Police officers during a finger-tip search of the Tower Gardens, Skegness following the discovery of the body of 35-year-old woman Susan Iddon’s.


Source: Skegness Standard 14th and 21st November 1997


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