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Murder investigation after mother named locally as Cheryl Birdsall found dead in Colchester

PUBLISHED: 18:57 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:54 16 September 2017

Avignon Close, in Colchester, where the body of a 37-year-old woman was found this week. Picture: ABBIE WEAVING

Avignon Close, in Colchester, where the body of a 37-year-old woman was found this week. Picture: ABBIE WEAVING


Tributes have poured in for a “kind” and “beautiful” mother and friend after she was found dead in Colchester.

Police were called to reports a 37-year-old woman’s body had been discovered at a home in Avignon Close shortly after 7.45pm on Tuesday.

Detectives launched a murder investigation the following morning urging people to get in touch with information.

Neighbours named the woman as Cheryl Birdsall, saying she was a “true friend”.

Mick Suttey, 53, of Avignon Close, said: “I know her very well. She was very opinionated and if she didn’t like you then she told you but that’s what I loved about Cheryl.

“She was a lovely girl in her own right. My last memory of her is us laughing together, it’s a lovely memory. She was outspoken and will be much missed by us all.”

Tributes to her flooded in on social media. One friend, posting on Facebook, said: “Rest in peace beautiful! In complete shock, such a lovely lady taken far too soon.”

While another added: “You were a beautiful and kind person.”

A 43-year-old man, from Colchester, was arrested on suspicion of murder following the incident. He was still being held in police custody last night for questioning.

People living close by said they were shocked to hear the news. Many said the area had been plagued by anti-social behaviour for years.

One mum, with two young children, said ambulances had been flying up and down Avignon Close just after 7.30pm to try and find the right flat.

A pensioner, of Eaton Mews, said: “It’s just very sad. I have seen people sitting outside those flats drinking until 1am with young children about.

“We heard about the murder but we never thought it would be there.”

One woman, who did not want to be named, added: “All they do is drink, fight, and argue. It’s awful.

“Them living there certainly affects people. Last year people were sitting out there drinking on the pavement, bottles rolling around.

“Someone complained and it did quieten down, but every now and again it breaks out.”

Anyone with information should call Essex Police on 101.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit

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