Pictured: Former councillor, 64, ‘killed after long-running neighbour feud’

Pictured: Former councillor, 64, ‘killed after long-running neighbour feud’

A woman is due in court tomorrow charged with murdering her next-door neighbour over a 'long-running feud'. Former councillor Louise Lotz, 64, was fou

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A woman is due in court tomorrow charged with murdering her next-door neighbour over a ‘long-running feud’.

Former councillor Louise Lotz, 64, was found with serious injuries outside her home in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, at around 8pm on Saturday and was pronounced dead later that evening.

Neighbour Debby Foxwell, 40, was arrested and charged with murder and aggravated burglary and was remanded in custody after appearing at Hatfield Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

She is next due to appear at Luton Crown Court tomorrow afternoon. 

Former Lib Dem councillor Louise Lotz, 64, pictured, was found seriously injured outside her home in Welwyn Garden City on Saturday

Former Lib Dem councillor Louise Lotz, 64, pictured, was found seriously injured outside her home in Welwyn Garden City on Saturday

Ms Lotz, pictured, died from her wounds shortly after emergency services were called on Saturday

Ms Lotz, pictured, died from her wounds shortly after emergency services were called on Saturday

Former Lib Dem councillor Louise Lotz, 64, was found seriously injured outside her home in Welwyn Garden City on Saturday and died shortly afterwards. Debby Foxwell, 40, has been charged with murder and aggravated burglary

Police were called to a disturbance at the property and neighbours claimed the pair had ‘rowed’ previously over the years.

Foxwell’s home is also up for sale with Wright’s Estate Agency for £525,000.    

Ms Lotz was a former Liberal Democrat Councillor on Welwyn Hatfield council.

A 36-year-old man, believed to be Foxwell’s partner, had also been arrested on suspicion of murder, but has since been released with no further action. 

Detective Chief Inspector Jerome Kent said: ‘Our thoughts are very much with the victim’s family and friends at what is a very upsetting time for them and we ask that their privacy is respected.

Miss Lotz and Foxwell were neighbours and are understood to have 'rowed several times' over the years

Miss Lotz and Foxwell were neighbours and are understood to have 'rowed several times' over the years

Miss Lotz and Foxwell were neighbours and are understood to have ‘rowed several times’ over the years

‘I understand that news of this incident will be unsettling to the wider community, but I would like to confirm that we are treating it as an isolated offence and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the victim’s death.

‘I also ask residents to refrain from speculating about the circumstances on social media, as this will not only cause distress to the victim’s family but could also impact the investigation and associated justice process.

‘Lastly, I would like to thank those people who have already assisted us with our inquiries, but if you believe you have information that could assist our investigation and have not yet spoken with us, then please get in touch as soon as possible.’

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