Dorset

Family tribute after Bournemouth head injury death

Hayley Dean, Image copyright Dorset Police
Image caption Hayley Dean, 38, was discovered at Gainslea Court on Friday

The family of a woman found dead with a serious head injury in a block of flats have paid tribute to a "very bubbly and funny girl".

The body of Hayley Dean, 38, was discovered at Gainslea Court in Derby Road, Bournemouth, on Friday.

A post-mortem examination found she died as a result of "blunt force trauma" to her head, police said.

James D'Arcy, 50, of no fixed address, has been charged with her murder and is in police custody.

'Living a nightmare'

Ms Dean's family said in a statement: "Hayley was a very bubbly and funny girl who was adored by everyone she met.

"She had lots of friends and enjoyed spending time with them. She always had a smile on her face and was full of life. She is going to be very sadly missed.

"She enjoyed fashion, make-up and hair and loved to make herself look nice. She completed a hairdressing course and it was her dream to open her own salon one day.

"We are all devastated that Hayley has gone and we feel like we are living a nightmare.

"The only thing that has kept us going is the love and support that has been shown to us from our family, friends and the many friends Hayley had. This support has been truly overwhelming."

Dorset Police has referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) due to prior contact between the victim and police officers.

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Image caption Ms Dean's family said in a statement she was was "adored by everyone she met"

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