The family of 85-year-old Delia Hughes have paid tribute to their "kind and devoted" mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her body was discovered by a family member at her home in Ocean Village on Saturday evening. A post mortem examination has revealed that Mrs Hughes died as a result of a blow to the head. Detectives have been given more time to question a 37-year-old Southampton man arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday. A 27-year-old local woman arrested yesterday is continuing to help police with their enquires. Mrs Hughes had one daughter, two grandsons and three great grandchildren (two boys and a girl). She was originally from Blackpool but lived in Southampton for the past 17 years. She was retired but previously worked as a supervisor for Littlewoods.
– Delia Hughes Family Statement
“We are all absolutely devastated and deeply saddened by what we can only describe as an extremely cruel and pointless act against an elderly and defenceless woman. Delia was the kindest person anyone could wish meet and she never had crosswords with anyone, in fact, Delia would do anything for anyone and had a heart of gold. Delia was fit and active for her age and for someone like her to be so cruelly taken from us in this way is too much and we want justice as soon as we can. Delia’s great grandchildren idolised her and no matter how old she was, she did everything for them. They were proud to have a great grandmother whom they called “nana”. We are all going to miss her greatly.