Tributes paid to 'inspirational' mother and daughter found dead at house in Gloucester

Twenty-eight-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder

Monday 28 May 2018 21:35 BST
Police at the scene in Dexter Way, Gloucester
Police at the scene in Dexter Way, Gloucester (Aaron Chown/PA Wire)

Tributes have been paid to a mother and daughter found dead in Gloucester as police continue to question a man on suspicion of murder.

Laura Mortimer, 31, and Ella Dalby, 11, suffered serious injuries at a house in Dexter Way, Gloucester, in the early hours of bank holiday Monday.

They were declared dead at the scene shortly after police and paramedics were called at around 4.50am.

Ms Mortimer is believed to have run her own business, Sweet Beginnings, offering bespoke bridal gowns and wedding planning services.

A wedding photographer based in Gloucestershire, who did not wish to be named, said: "Laura was a lovely lady with a kind word for everyone.

"An inspiration to many people, not only personally but in the wedding industry too.

"She worked so hard to get where she did and was extremely well respected throughout Gloucestershire and beyond.

"I know every Sweet Beginnings bride and wedding supplier is thinking of her and her family."

Tributes have been paid on Facebook, with one user saying: "Been in so much shock all day and still have no words, I'm absolutely heart broken and keep thinking someone is going to say they got it wrong.

"Fly high Laura and keep Ella safe with you. It's just unthinkable. Your poor little girls."

A friend of the family wrote: "RIP Laura & your daughter Ella. Absolutely tragic. Really feel for your other two little princesses now to be left without their mummy & big sister. Just awful news."

Another said: "Laura and I were good friends and I'm in extreme shock.

"I tell you what I cannot, cannot, cannot believe this. Gutted does not even come close and that beautiful daughter Ella she was Laura's rock..."

Another friend posted: "Can't believe it. RIP Laura and Ella taken far too soon. Fly high you two beautiful angels thoughts are with your family and friends at this awful time."

Gloucestershire Police said in a statement that the 28 year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder was still being questioned by officers.

Police cordons remain in place at the house and the nearby boating lake, Westgate Park.

"Forensic enquiries will be continuing tonight and tomorrow and post mortem examinations are due to take place in the coming days," said a police spokesman.

"The family of the victims are being supported by specialist family liaison officers and has asked for privacy at this time.

"We would like to thank the local community for their patience and assistance today."

PA contributed to this report

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