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Police charge a man with the murder of a young mother

Kerri McAuley Image copyright Facebook
Image caption Friends of Kerri McAuley set up an online fundraising page to help pay for her funeral

A man has been charged with the murder of a mother-of-two in Norwich.

Kerri McAuley, 32, was found dead at a flat in Southalls Way on Sunday evening.

A post-mortem examination proved inconclusive but detectives said Ms McAuley was "subjected to a severe blunt force assault".

Joe Storey, 26, of Murrells Court, Norwich, has been charged with her murder. He will appear in court on Wednesday.

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An online fundraising appeal set up to pay for the young mother's funeral has exceeded its target within a day.

Image caption The body of the mother-of-two was found dead in Southalls Way on 8 January

Friends of Ms McAuley started the page after news of her death emerged.

The original target of the appeal was £5,000. It currently stands at more than £8,000.

Kendall Jarrett said she wanted to do something to help the family.

"I just thought that would be one less stress that they would have to deal with," she said.

"Kerri was such a loved girl, her friendship group was huge. I've even had florists contact me saying they are willing to donate flowers for the boys saying 'mummy'."

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Image caption The appeal exceeded its target in a day

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