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Man charged with murdering Tyneside woman

Jillian Grant Photo: Northumbria Police

Police investigating the death of a woman in North Tyneside have charged a man with murder.

A body was found at an address on Tennyson Terrace in North Shields on Christmas Day.

The family of Jillian Grant, 38, has released a statement saying she was loving and didn't let blindness stand in her way.

“Jillian was the kind of person who would stop and have a chat with a stranger in the street. She was friendly, loving and full of life; it was a genuine pleasure to be around her. She surrounded herself with her pets, who she loved to care for. Jillian also had an independent spirit, she didn’t let blindness stand in her way as she took up opportunities to travel and be a speaker for the RNIB. Above all, she was deeply loved by her family and will be missed by all who knew her.”

– Family statement

Mark Smith, 41 of Tennyson Terrace has been charged with murder and attempted murder following a fire in Heaton, Newcastle. He will appear in court at North Shields on December 29.