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Nephew charged with Anne Dunkley's murder

Solihull Editorial 9th Jun, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A 24-year-old man will appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning (Tuesday) charged with murder and wounding.

Unemployed Gareth Emery, from Clinton Road, Shirley, was charged last night (Monday) with the murder of his 67-year-old aunt Anne Dunkley and an assault on a 38-year-old man, named locally as her son Matthew, last Friday (June 5) in Elmdon Road, Marston Green.

Tributes have been flooding in for much-loved Mrs Dunkley nwho died of head injuries.

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 chruch’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.”

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