Tony Adams' former wife held in murder inquiry

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The ex-wife of the former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams has been arrested after a dead woman was found in her car.

The ex-wife of the former Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams has been arrested after a dead woman was found in her car.

Jane Shea, 38, who had two children with Adams before divorcing him in 1997, was detained, along with a male companion, in Fulham, west London, at about 11.30pm on Monday. The pair were arrested on suspicion of murder after a routine police patrol noticed the woman slumped over in Mrs Shea's black BMW.

There was speculation that the dead woman, who was named last night by police as Teresa Tuppen, 44, from west London, may have died of a drugs overdose. A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive, however, and police said "no substances" had been found at the scene. "We await the results of further toxicology tests," a police spokesman said.

Ms Shea and the unnamed man have been freed on police bail. Ms Shea has been told to to appear at a west London police station today; the man bailed until late next month.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman told reporters: "Police on a routine patrol came across a car in De Morgan Road, SW6, and officers noticed a woman slumped over inside. She was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead. A man and a woman were arrested at the scene in connection with the incident and were both taken to a west London police station." The spokeswoman said it could be a few weeks before the results of further tests on the body were known.

Ms Shea and Tony Adams were married during the Arsenal defender's battle against alcoholism. He served four months in jail for drink-driving. Adams later confessed he was an alcoholic and has since given up drinking.