Police cordon
Police cordonReuters

Police have launched a murder hunt after the body of a woman was found in a field in the New Forest.

Hampshire Constabulary's Major Investigation Team (HMIT) confirmed that police were called to the field on Lyndhurst Road in the village of Beaulieu shortly before 5pm on Tuesday (September 2) after the body was discovered.

Detective Superintendent Paul Barton, who is leading the investigation said: "We are treating the discovery of a woman's body in Beaulieu as murder.

"I am unable at this time to provide any further information regarding the victim until all of the family has been informed and formal identification has taken place."

Police say they believe the woman was tending to her horse prior to her death.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area of Lyndhurst Road on Tuesday between 2pm and 5pm to come forward.

Anyone with information has been asked to contact the Hampshire Major Investigation Team (HMIT) on 101 or via the website quoting Operation Biscotti.

Alternatively they can contact charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.