Essex

Tribute to Valerie Ager after fatal dog owner row

Valerie Ager
Image caption Valerie Ager died after a row in the street

The husband of a woman who died after a row over dogs in an Essex street has paid tribute to his wife.

Valerie Ager 65, from Braintree, died at a property in Connaught Gardens in the town on 4 January after an argument between her and another dog owner.

A 39-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder after the incident been released on police bail until 15 February.

Detectives are now investigating the death as a suspected manslaughter.

Mrs Ager's husband Robert said: "She was the light of my life and now I am in a dark world.

"She had many friends, who all miss her so much. She did not have a bad word to say to anyone."

A spokesman for Essex Police said the row had broken out on Wednesday morning in Trafalgar Way.

It continued as Mrs Ager moved into Connaught Gardens where she collapsed and an ambulance was called, he said.

She was taken inside an address in Connaught Gardens where she died.

A post-mortem examination into the death was inconclusive and further tests will be carried out.

Detectives are appealing for anyone who was in the area on the morning, and may have any information, to contact them.

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