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Sussex murder victim's family pay tribute to 'free spirit'

Valerie Graves' family have paid tribute to her Credit: Sussex Police

The family of Valerie Graves who was found dead at a house in Smugglers Lane, Bosham, on Monday 30th December have paid tribute to her. Her family said: "Val was a much loved daughter, sister, mum and nan, who will be sorely missed by the whole family.

"Val was a free spirit who enjoyed her life and was a talented artist, about to embark on a new path involving ceramics.

"She was an eternal student, who was always hungry for a new challenge.

"She had recently moved back to Sussex from Scotland to be closer to her family and we were lucky enough to spend a family Christmas together.

"This has been a complete shock to the family and we appeal to anyone who has any information, no matter how trivial, to contact Sussex Police."

Bosham murder: cause of death revealed

A woman who was found dead in West Sussex died from "significant head and facial injuries" according to a post mortem examination. Valerie Graves, who was 55, had been house sitting in the property on Smugglers Lane in Bosham when she was killed.

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses to come forward.

The post mortem has revealed the cause of death but we are still keeping an open mind as to the motive. We are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously or anything unusual in the area from late afternoon on Sunday 29 December to around 10am on Monday 30 December. Please call us if you know anything, no matter how insignificant you might think it is. It could be important to the investigation."

– Detective Chief Inspector Jon Fanner

Police identify murder victim

Police say they believe the dead 55 year old woman who was found dead in a Sussex home yesterday is Valerie Graves from Bracklesham Bay.

She along with 3 members of her family was house sitting the property in Smugglers Lane, Bosham.

Formal identificaton and post mortem will take place tomorrow.The owners of the house have been informed as they are abroad.

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Police increase patrols in Sussex village after body find

At this stage we are keeping an open mind as to the motive, but we are appealing for witnesses who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area from late afternoon on Sunday 29 December to around 9am on Monday 30 December. Please call us if you know anything, no matter how insignificant you might think it is. It could be important to the investigation. This is a rare incident for Bosham which is a safe area. We have increased our neighbourhood policing patrols in the village and if anyone has any information or concerns, I would urge them to speak to one of the officers there.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jon Fanner, Sussex Police

Murder investigation launched after woman's body found

The body of a 55-year-old woman was found in a house on Smuggler's Lane Credit: ITV News Meridian

A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was found dead in a house in West Sussex. The 55-year-old was discovered with a serious head injury on Smuggler's Lane in the Bosham area of Chichester yesterday morning.

A post mortem examination hasn't been carried out yet, but police are treating her death as suspicious.

Fracking campaigners pitch outside council offices

Anti-fracking campaigners have pitched their tents outside West Sussex County Council after a roadside camp was repossessed. People have been protesting outside County Hall in Chichester today.

Earlier this week, the High Court granted the council a possession order for grass verges in Balcombe, where protestors had been camping. Campaigners say they will stay outside the council headquarters until tomorrow. Campaigner Kenny Lloyd spoke to Meridian.

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