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Son still held over murder of mother
2:40pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
A SON arrested on suspicion of the murder of his mother is still being quizzed today.
Tolu Kalejaiye was found yesterday morning at her home in sleepy Wethersfield Way, Wickford, when neighbours reported concern.
Officers cordoned off the large detached home throughout the night while detectives carried out enquiries.
Police arrested a 21-year-old man on suspicion of murder yesterday, and it is believed to be her son Oluduton Kalejaiye.
He was still in custody this morning.
Shocked neighbours have described Tolu Kalejaiye as a God-fearing mother who would greet them in the street.
Residents in the tight-knit community were stunned to discover their street had become a crime scene yesterday morning as police swarmed into the area.
Officers moved in at about 10am after concerned neighbours alerted them to a woman’s welfare.
Michael Day, 57, of Wethersfield Way, said: “I went out and when I came back the police were on the green and there were people waving their arms around in distress.
“I thought maybe someone had been burgled, so went out to do the neighbourly thing, but sadly was informed of this.
“I have lived here for 14 years and nothing ever happens. It’s come as a total shock.
“You don’t believe it happens on your doorstep.”
He added: “We would wave to each other on the street.
“I think when she moved in it was her and her two sons, then a load of other people moved in.
“They went to church every Sunday, but kept themselves to themselves.
“It is one of those places where you wonder if they ever pulled the curtains or blinds open.”
Another neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, added: “This is a beautiful place to live.
“It’s idyllic. Children play on the green and the neighbours look out for each other.
“This is really sad. Life is really good at dealing you bum hands. All you can do is pray for luck and comfort.”
Workers on a nearby industrial estate said they heard a police helicopter hovering around for about an hour and a half and thought something bad had happened.
Josh James, 20, who works at Carpet Force, said: “We thought the police could have been here for a theft, but not a body.
“It’s a bit of a shock. We don’t see police cars very often, that’s why I thought something was not right.