TRIBUTES are flooding in for much-loved Marston Green woman Anne Dunkley.
The 67-year-old died from head injuries received during an altercation at her home address in Elmdon Road on Friday (June 5) in which a 38-year-old man was also left with facial injuries.
A 24-year-old man is being questionned by police on suspicion of murder.
Retired teacher Anne was a pillar of the Marston Green community, having been involved in various youth groups and St Leonard’s Church where she was church warden.
Hundreds of people have taken to the church’s Facebook page to pay tribute to ‘a kind, gentle lady with a pure heart of gold’.
Leading the tributes was the church which posted: “We hold in our thoughts and prayers the family, friends and community who grieve the loss of Anne Dunkley.
“Anne contributed so much to St. Leonard’s, scouts, guides, the Parish Hall, as a school governor and to the community of Marston Green. Most of all to her family.
“Words cannot express our sadness. We pledge we will do all we can to support the very many who mourn.
“We pray that all who grieve will be held in God’s loving arms.
“May Anne rest in peace and grant her life eternal. Amen.”
Meanwhile, former colleagues, pupils and friends have also been paying their respects.
One tribute reads: “Sleep tight Mrs Dunkley … you taught many generations of kids at Hatchford School throughout your teaching career me included .. many many hearts have been saddened on the news of your passing .. may you rest in peace miss xx.”
Another, which refers to her as a kind, gentle lady with a pure heart of gold, reads: “You taught my husband and my son at Hatchford School. Heaven has indeed gained an angel this evening.”
Another reads: “Such awfully sad sad news, I think the whole of Marston Green is in total shock, thoughts and prayers are with the family at this horrible time , RIP Anne xxx.”
Rob Fletcher, Headteacher of Fordbridge Community Primary School where Anne worked said:
“The School Governors and all staff at Fordbridge Community Primary School would like to pay tribute to Anne Dunkley who so tragically lost her life on Friday.”
“Anne gave many, many years of dedicated commitment to the pupils, staff and Governors of both Hatchford and Fordbridge Community Primary Schools.
“Anne’s presence will be sorely missed both in and around the school and in Governor meetings.
“Our thoughts go to her family at this very sad time.”
Police were called to the address at 1.22pm on Friday by a member of the public reporting a disturbance.
On arrival officers found a woman seriously hurt on the floor and a man also with injuries.
Both were taken to hospital and sadly Mrs Dunkley died as a result of her injuries.
The 38-year-old man has now been discharged following treatment.
Detective Inspector Martin Slevin from Force CID said: “Enquiries are on-going into what happened in Elmdon Road. Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.”