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Marston Green murder inquiry: Church services held for Anne Dunkley

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Image caption Anne Dunkley died from head injuries, a post-mortem examination confirmed

Services of remembrance have been held for a churchwarden who died after being attacked at her home in Solihull.

Retired teacher Anne Dunkley died in hospital of head injuries following the assault on Friday, in which a 38-year-old man also suffered facial wounds.

A 24-year-old man was arrested near the scene in Elmdon Road, Marston Green, on suspicion of murder.

Two services were held at St Leonard's Church in the village, where a book of condolence has been opened.

The church, where Mrs Dunkley had been a warden for seven years, has described her death as a "sad loss to the church and the community".

Tributes have been paid on the church's Facebook page and flowers have been laid close to the scene of the attack.

Image caption Floral tributes have been laid in tribute to Anne Dunkley

The Reverend Penny Harrison said she served the church and community "tirelessly, with great humour and seemingly boundless energy".

Police were called to Mrs Dunkley's house at about 13:20 BST by a member of the public reporting a disturbance.

The 67-year-old was found on the floor with serious injuries, police said.

The injured man was released from hospital on Saturday following treatment.

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