York & North Yorkshire

Swaledale Cheese Company founder Mandy Reed dies at 47

Police have confirmed the death of Amanda Reed, who co-founded the Swaledale Cheese Company, is not being treated as suspicious.

Mrs Reed, from Scorton, near Richmond was found dead in a garden at her home on 5 February.

The 47-year-old founder of the Swaledale Cheese Company had last been seen on Saturday evening following a family night out, police said.

Temperatures in North Yorkshire were some of the UK's lowest at the weekend.

'Sad loss'

The company was founded by Mrs Reed and her husband, David in 1987.

Mr Reed died in 2005 at the age of 46.

Former local councillor Martin Bearpack said Mrs Reed's death was a terrible tragedy.

He said: "I knew them both for a number of years and they were great entrepreneurs. It's such sad loss. She will be very much missed.

"The company was such a good thing for this area and she was a very well-known figure."

Most recently, the company won four medals at the 2011 British Cheese Awards.

An inquest into the death of the mother-of-two was opened and adjourned on Wednesday.

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