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Fifth arrest over murder of Telford woman

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A fifth person has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found dead at a flat in Telford.

A 34-year-old man from Wellington was arrested last night after the body of a women in her 50s, named locally as Davinia or Dink Loynton, was discovered at Glebe Flats, St John Street, Wellington, on Monday.

A 35-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman who were arrested on Monday evening on suspicion of murder remain in custody.

A 21-year-old man arrested on Monday evening and a 50-year-old man arrested in the early hours of Tuesday have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

The Shropshire coroner's office confirmed it had been notified of the death and an inquest will be launched in due course.

Dink worked at cleaning product company Serchem at Arleston. Her next of kin have been informed of her death.

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to Dink, who has been described as a "lovely, hardworking and thoughtful" woman, who would do any-thing for anyone.

Telford & Wrekin Councillor Leon Murray spoke of his shock at the news.

He said: "I am totally gutted because I knew her since she was a toddler. Her mum and dad used to come to the Methodist Church in Wellington.

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"She came to the youth club back in the 70s. We used to go on holiday with the youth club because I became one of the leaders and Dink was a member, so I have watched her grow up.

"I am totally shocked.

"Her dad died in the 80s and her mum died a couple of years ago and I would see her now and again shopping in town."

He added: "She was a very thoughtful, hardworking and quiet person. She was not the sort of person to create a scene.

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"She was always working and I think she worked for a cleaning firm doing the book work and did book work for a few smaller businesses in the area.

"We have never known her to be in any trouble.

"Where she lived she and her mum used to live there and they had a tiny little poodle and she used to walk it around Wellington when her mum could not walk it.

"She was a lovely person, would not hurt anybody at all and would do anything for you, so this is a complete shock."

Councillor Murray added: "I think other members of the youth club will remember her and be totally shocked."

He added: "I think it is shocking any time there is a suspicious death – it is a concern and especially when it is people you know, but Wellington is not a bad place. The majority of people are decent people and I think everybody in Wellington would be shocked at something serious happening on our doorstep. You do not expect it to happen."

Harry Hinton, who lives in Glebe Flats, said: "I cannot think of a single reason why anybody would want to do what they have done to her. She has lived here for a long time.

"It is really weird to think that of everyone around here she was literally the last person I would have thought it would happen to.

"She kept quiet and had no issues ever. Even when we have been a bit noisy upstairs she has never had a complaint.

"It is awful for it to happen anywhere but when it happens to a lady who you see regularly and lives below it is horrific."

Mr Hinton added: "Nobody here really talked to her.

"She was a very 'keep herself to herself' woman, nobody really knew her.

"I only saw her when she was having a fag."

Lee Young, who also lives in Glebe Flats, added: "She lived alone, had a bit of renovating work done in the last couple of years. We've seen people go in there before, such as family and friends."

One resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "This always used to be a quiet road – we have lived here 16 years and I have never known anything like this happen before."

Another resident added: "I have seen her around but did not know her to speak to. It has spooked me, to be honest, not nice to happen on your doorstep.

"I did see her walk up and down the street but did not know her."

Anyone who has any information which may help the police with their investigations is asked to call 101 and quote reference 341s of Monday September 22.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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