Police launched a homicide investigation after a 59-year-old woman was found dead in a home.

Officers responded to reports that a woman had been “seriously assaulted” at a house in Northbourne Close, Shoreham, just after 12.30pm today.

The woman received medical attention, but died at the scene.

Her next of kin were informed.

A A large tent and a green barrier could be seen outside the semi-detached house.

Argus: A barrier was erected near the houseA barrier was erected behind the house (Image: Sussex News & Pictures)

Forensic experts were also in the house.

Sussex Police said this was an isolated incident involving people known to each other and there is not believed to be a threat to the wider community.

A 64-year-old man was detained on suspicion of murder and taken to the police station.

Argus: Police outside house in ShorehamPolice outside a house in Shoreham (Image: Sussex News & Pictures)

People can expect a constant and visible police presence in the area while the investigation is underway.

At least four police cars and two ambulances were at the scene.

Anyone with information that could assist police in their investigation is asked to report it to police online or by calling 101 quoting Operation Terrace.

Argus: Medical Examiner at the sceneA medical examiner is working at the scene (Image: Sussex News & Pictures)

This information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.