A PENSIONER has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 58-year-old woman was found unresponsive with head injuries in an East Lancashire house.

Paramedics were called to the property in Victory Close, Nelson, at 11am today where the woman, who has not been named, was pronounced dead.

A 72-year-old man, from Nelson, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody.

While formal identification has yet to take place, she is believed to be a 58-year-old woman from Nelson. Her next of kin have been informed.

Detectives are working to establish how the woman came about her injuries..

However they have confirmed that her death is being treated as suspicious and a murder inquiry is underway.

Officers are appealing for information as part of the investigation.

Det Ch Insp Gareth Willis, of the force's major investigation team, said: “My thoughts are with the woman involved and her family at this very sad and difficult time.

“These are tragic circumstances and we are endeavouring to establish exactly what has happened.

“While we have made one arrest, we would encourage anyone with information or feels they can assist with our enquiries to come forward.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 0411 of June 3.

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.