Amateur actress, 40, found dead on roof as cops arrest man, 53, on suspicion of murder

Amateur actress, 40, found dead on roof as cops arrest man, 53, on suspicion of murder

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AN amateur actress has been found dead on the roof of a ground floor flat in Portsmouth.

Cops have arrested a 53-year-old man for murder after the body of IT sales worker Lorraine Bream, 40, was discovered on a rooftop close to a busy shopping centre on Monday.

Lorraine Bream was a keen amateur actress and a member of the Phoenix Players group
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Residents of the block of flats below said there had been a party at one flat the night before she was found.

Tributes were today paid to the 40-year-old divorcee as it emerged she had been preparing for a seven-day break in Cyprus next week.

Friends described her as “outgoing” and “confident” with a “wicked sense of humour”.

Ms Bream’s body was found in Portsmouth, Hants, at around 10.50am on Monday morning.

Hampshire police are appealing for anyone who saw Ms Bream between 8pm Sunday night and when her body was found to contact them as they desperately try to piece together her final movements.

Late on Sunday afternoon Ms Bream posted a selfie on Facebook as she smiled in the sunshine.

Work colleague Shirley Hocking, 45, said: “She was a lovely woman, really big heart with an echoing contagious laugh and a larger than life personality.

‘WICKED SENSE OF HUMOUR’

“She is dearly missed already.”

She added that Ms Bream, who worked in sales support, was ‘one of the funniest, feisty, quick-witted and caring members’ of staff at the IT firm they worked for.

A keen amateur actress, Ms Bream was part of a group called the Phoenix Players, starring in comedy show Jailbird, set in a prison, earlier this year.

Chairwoman of the group Valerie Bird said: “It’s very sad indeed, she’s been in a few of our productions and was always very outgoing and friendly with everybody, and she was a very good actress – she will be a sad loss.

“She was very important to us. The last play she was in was Jailbirds and we put that on in the spring and that was the last production she was in.’

The group’s technical director Peter Marcus added: “She was the first person to come and say hello, she was very confident, helpful and outgoing.”


Police have released the 53 year old man on bail while investigations continue.

A spokesman for Hampshire police today said: “We are asking anyone who saw Lorraine in the Palmerston Road area any time after 8pm on Sunday 15 September to get in touch.

“This information may be crucial to our investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death.”

Cops have arrested a 53-year-old man in connection with Lorraine’s murder
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Lorraine’s body was discovered on Monday morning
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Residents of the block of flats below said there had been a party at one flat the night before she was found
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