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British Man Arrested Over Murder Of Female Jogger In Nimes

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A British man has been arrested in France over the murder of a mother who was killed while out jogging, local police said.

The woman's body was discovered on a track in Nimes last week.

The British man, who has not been named, is now being questioned by police.

According to reports, the arrested man is 32 and originally from Chatham in Kent.

He is understood to have been living in the region, in south- west France, with his mother.

The dead woman - understood to be a 33-year-old mother of three - was reportedly found lying near a cemetery, a few hundred metres from the local police academy and detention centre, last Thursday afternoon.

Traces of blood were found on two stones and a blade which were discovered close to her body, according to regional newspaper La Depeche.

She appeared to have been badly beaten, with blows to the face and neck.

A post-mortem examination revealed that she also suffered knife wounds in the attack.

Nimes prosecutor Laure Beccuau told the paper: "A knife was seized, among other things."

A local police spokesman said: "A British man has been arrested. The matter is now being handled by police in Montpellier."