A woman found dead in a British hotel
room is believed to be that of Brenda
Leyland who had been accused by a TV
reporter of online trolling of the
The discovery was made on Saturday.
A Leicestershire police spokeswoman
said: “Police were called at 1.42pm on
Saturday 4 October to reports of a body
of a woman in a hotel room in Smith Way,
Grove Park (Leicestershire).
“Officers have attended the scene and a
file is being prepared for the coroner.
Identification of the deceased is a
matter for the coroner.
“The death is not being treated as
Last week a TV news reporter confronted
Ms Leyland, 63, over the claim that she
had used Twitter to post a number of
comments attacking the McCanns.
When asked by a Sky News reporter why
she was using her Twitter account to
attack the McCanns, who live with their
nine-year-old twins, Mrs Leyland
replied: 'I'm entitled to do that.'
The reporter told her that she had been
reported to police, and that Scotland
Yard was considering a dossier of
Twitter accounts said to show a
'campaign of abuse' against the McCanns,
she paused as she got into a 4x4 and
replied: 'That's fair enough.'
The crime correspondent said he was
later invited into Mrs Leyland's house,
where she told him she 'had questions
for the McCanns' but 'hoped she hadn't
broken the law' by posting tweets in
which she spread rumours about the
McCanns' marriage, and said she hoped
they would suffer for ever.
It is believed that she left her home
after that incident.
However, there is no known link between
the confrontation and her death, which
officers said was not being treated as
On Facebook, her son Ben Leyland wrote:
“I love you mum and I will miss you