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Tribute paid to 'murdered' Scarborough woman

Laura Smith
Image caption Miss Smith's parents said their daughter 'lit up lives'

The parents of a woman who is believed to have been murdered, have paid tribute to their "bubbly" daughter.

Laura Smith died after being found unconscious at a house in Southwold Rise, Eastfield, Scarborough, on Sunday.

She was taken to Scarborough District Hospital and died on Monday, a police spokesman said.

Nigel Pickard, 45, of Scarborough, appeared at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday charged with her murder.

He was remanded in custody until September.

Miss Smith's parents, Colin and Trish, described their daughter as their "sunshine of our days and the twinkling stars of our nights".

Miss Smith, had one daughter, Olivia, and worked at local hairdressers, Hair by Helena.

Mr and Mrs Smith said: "She lit up the lives of many people with her zest for life and bubbly personality. She had no side, what you saw was what she was like."

They described her as a "super mum" who doted on her daughter.

They added: "In Olivia, Laura lives on. She too has an engaging smile and a lively personality.

"The world for us and the family will be a less brighter place."

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