Thatcham stabbing: Victim named as Emma McArthur

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image captionEmma McArthur was described as a "loving mother, daughter and friend"

Tributes have been paid to a "loving mother" found fatally stabbed in the street.

Emma McArthur, 43, died after being stabbed in Crookham Hill in Thatcham, Berkshire, at 23:45 BST on Thursday.

Christopher Minard, 35, of Station Road, Thatcham, was charged with her murder and appeared before Reading Crown Court earlier. A trial was scheduled for 8 November.

Her family said in a statement their lives would be "empty" without her.

Describing Ms McArthur they said: "You have never shied away from life's challenges, caring, thoughtful and always saw the best in everyone.

"A mother who always put her children before herself and whose love touched all those who were blessed with being able to call her a friend.

"Definitely unique and a one off. How empty our lives will be without you."

image captionMs McArthur was found with stab wounds in Crookham Hill in Thatcham

They added she loved animals and the outdoors, and was a "spiritual, spontaneous and free spirit".

Mr Minards will next appear before the court on 7 May.

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