POLICE investigating the death of a Barnsley woman have arrested three people on suspicion of murder.

A 45-year-old woman, a 57-year-old woman and a 71 –year-old woman, all from the town centre area, were arrested on suspicion of murder today. All three remain in police custody.

At around 6.50am yesterday, officers received a report that a woman’s body had been found on Union Street. A post-mortem has revealed that the woman, identified as 42-year-old Claire Louise Smith, died from injuries from a very severe physical attack.

Enquiries are on-going and anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 01709 443544.

Union Street has now re-opened however officers remain in the area.