Neighbours’ shock at discovery of woman’s torso in Peterborough home

Police outside the house in Mayor's Walk, Peterborough, where a woman's torso was found in a suitcase.
Police outside the house in Mayor's Walk, Peterborough, where a woman's torso was found in a suitcase.
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People living near the house where a woman’s torso was found in a suitcase have spoken of their shock at the grim discovery.

Police have launched a murder inquiry after the body was found in a home in Mayor’s Walk, Peterborough, at about 12.30pm on Friday (June 5).

Vitautas Jokubauskas is wanted by Cambridgeshire Police in connection with the discovery of a woman's body in Peterborough.

Vitautas Jokubauskas is wanted by Cambridgeshire Police in connection with the discovery of a woman's body in Peterborough.

Officers are looking for Lithuanian national Vitautas Jokubauskas, 57, pictured, in connection with the murder.

The house where the body was found is in a quiet residential street, just yards away from shops, cafes and West Town Primary Academy. Isia Begun, who lives opposite the house, said: “I came back from work and was quite shocked to see the police. I knew something serious was going on. It was quite shocking and sad, someone’s life being taken like that.

“We are very quiet and very respectable people and we have a really nice community We have been here a long time and this is the first incident. To have that on your doorstep is shocking.

“This is on of the safest streets, but this is really shocking. It really shakes people up.”

Mr Jokubauskas let the house where the body was found. Neighbours said they didn’t know him or anyone else who lived there.

Shoaib Arif said: “I’ve never spoken to them. But it’s a pretty close-knit community.

“Quite a few people moved in and out because it’s a rental property. You never saw them. You never saw them come out of the house.

“It’s brutal, and all of a sudden. You don’t expect this kind of stuff here. It’s a nice quiet area.”

Hamza Gani added: “I live across the road and it’s very surprising. My family is here, and it worries me.

“You very rarely get any trouble here. You might occasionally at a weekend get some shouting, but this is the first time anything like this has happened. I’ve lived here all my life.”

Mr Jokubauskas, who worked at a factory in Huntingdon, was last seen on May 30 when a friend gave him a lift to work.

He has not been seen since then. Police have warned the public not to approach him.

The body has not been identified, but police are keen to trace a woman, believed to be Mr Jokubauskas’ partner, who is only described as being about 40, slim, with black hair and also Lithuanian. No further details on her are known at this time.

Anyone with information should contact the Beds, Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.