Man charged with woman's murder

A DEMOLITION worker was last night charged with the murder of a woman who was found strangled to death.Tina Symes, a mother-of-four, was found dead in her downstairs flat in Tippett Close on the Greenstead Estate in Colchester.

A DEMOLITION worker was last night charged with the murder of a woman who was found strangled to death.

Tina Symes, a mother-of-four, was found dead in her downstairs flat in Tippett Close on the Greenstead Estate in Colchester.

A post mortem revealed the 35-year-old died as a result of asphyxia caused by strangulation and last night Shaun Allen, 24, of Cross Road, Collier Row, London, was charged with her murder.

He was remanded in police custody and is due to appear before Colchester Magistrates' Court today .


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Detectives were only alerted to the incident when Allen attended Colchester Police Station on Tuesday afternoon. He was subsequently arrested and questioned on suspicion of murder.

Ms Symes' killing was the third alleged homicide on the large estate within the past year following two incidents in 2005.

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A police presence remained at the block of flats yesterday morning.

Neighbours of Ms Symes said she was a pleasant woman, who had four children, although they described her having rows recently about loud music being played.

Trevor White's back garden overlooks the rear of Ms Symes' flat and he said she had been living there for about five to six years.

He said: “She was a nice enough person in her own way, she was separated from her husband and has four kiddies although they did not live with her.

“Nobody deserves that, nobody. I have been here for 28 years, so I have seen it all, initially when something like this happens you think it is the kind of thing you see on TV or in the press.

“Some of these things are what you imagine happen to everybody else, but we are 'everybody else'.” “The first thing I saw was somewhere around 5.30pm when a police car turned up with three coppers in and I saw them go into the flat.

“We heard that something untoward was going on and at about 10.30pm the private ambulance turned up for her body.”

Janet Smith lives close to the flats where Ms Symes was found. She said: “She seemed like a nice girl to me, she was a pretty girl and was kind and friendly.

“Isn't it awful news? I saw the stretcher coming out with her on it, it's terrible thing to happen on your doorstep.

“She had lots of friends, she was very popular and I just think it's a sad thing to happen to anyone.”

Anyone with information about the incident has been asked to contact Colchester police on 01206 762212.

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