Sussex

Family tribute to Sussex cottage death woman

Police officers at the scene of the incident in Rogate, Chichester
Image caption Lorraine Head was found with a head injury at the cottage in Rogate

The family of a Sussex woman who was found dead at the bottom of a flight of stairs in suspicious circumstances have spoken of their loss.

Lorraine Head, 46, known to friends as George, was found at 2130 BST on Friday with a head injury at the cottage where she lived in Kings Head Mews, Rogate.

In a statement issued through Sussex Police, her brother, Jonathan said the family was "deeply shocked".

"She was loved by many and was a popular member of the community."

Mr Head added: "George was outgoing, funny and showed real guts and determination to live an independent life.

"She will be dearly missed by her friends and family."

A post-mortem examination showed Ms Head died from a head injury and her death is being treated as suspicious.

Officers said there were no other suspicious injuries to her body and no weapon is thought to have been involved.

A force spokesman said there were no signs of a break-in at the cottage and nothing had been stolen.

A 57-year-old local man arrested on suspicion of murder had been bailed until 7 July.

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