An 80-year-old grandmother has died from significant head injuries in a sustained attack. Sybil Sibthorpe was found dead in Darlington yesterday, May 8.
Forensic officers are continuing to work at the scene - with three men arrested on suspicion of murder still being questioned by police.
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The husband of a woman found dead at a house in Darlington, County Durham, yesterday has paid tribute to her.
William Sibthorpe, aged 77, says she was a "loving wife, mother and grandmother”.
– William Sibthorpe, Sybil's husband
"Sybil was loved by all who knew her. We love her and that is tribute enough.
"She was a lovely, hardworking woman and why anyone should want to hurt her, I don’t know."
– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Chapman, Durham Constabulary
"We believe Mrs Sibthorpe was the victim of sustained attack and sadly died as a result of injuries suffered during that attack.
"I would appeal to anyone with information about this incident to contact us."
Police investigating the murder of a woman in Darlington say they believe the victim is Sibyl Sibthorpe, who was aged 80.
Mrs Sibthorpe was found dead at a house in Haughton Road in Darlington, County Durham, yesterday. Police say the mother-of-two was confirmed dead at the scene.
A post-mortem carried out at Darlington Memorial Hospital confirmed that death was as a result of significant head injuries.
Three local men, aged 33, 40 and 44, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and remain in custody.
An 80-year-old woman found dead at a house in Darlington, County Durham, yesterday is believed by police to be Sybil Sibthorpe.
Emergency services were called to the house in Haughton Road at about 12.30pm.
Her husband, William, has described her as a "a loving wife, mother, grandmother and a hard working woman."
Three men were arrested and are being questioned on suspicion of murder.
A post mortem is to be carried out to establish a cause of death.