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Woman charged with murder after gran ‘fell down stairs’

Great Yarmouth murder charge after Linda Rainey fell down stairs

Linda Raynor, 60, was said to have fallen down some stairs but police believe it was murder

Police say they have received ‘significant information’ from a member of public leading them start a murder inquiry.

Initially it was believed that Linda Rainey, 60, had died as a result of falling down a flight of stairs at a home in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

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She was discovered at the house in South Market Road at 11.40pm on August 5 and died two days later at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Police received a tip-off on Saturday and after further inquiries the became suspicious.

Rosalind Gray, 55, also from the town was charged yesterday with murder and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Adrian Lawrence, 53, from the same street as Linda, has been charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Both suspects are due to appear before Norwich Magistrates’ Court today.

Grandmother Linda Rainey, 60, who died after she was said to have fallen down stairs in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. A murder inquiry has now been launched by police EAST ANGLIA NEWS SERVICE, tel. 07767 413379 Pictures available A murder inquiry has been launched into the death of a ?bubbly? grandmother who was said to have fallen down stairs. Shop worker Linda Rainey, 60, died two days after she was reported to have suffered serious head injuries in a fall at a house in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Her death last Wednesday in Addenbroke?s Hospital, Cambridge, was apparently initially believed to be due to a tragic accident. But police received a tip off from a member of the public on Saturday and made further inquiries which led to her death being treated as suspicious. A woman, aged in her 50s, was arrested on suspicion of her murder on Sunday. A man who is also aged in his 50s was arrested on the same day on suspicion of assisting an offender. The pair who are both from the Great Yarmouth area are still being held in custody while they are quizzed by detectives. The man and woman are said to have been known to Ms Rainey. Detectives are awaiting the results of a post mortem by a Home Office pathologist which was carried out on Monday to try and determine how she died. She suffered her injuries at around 11.40pm on August 5 at a terraced house in South Market Road, Great Yarmouth. But police said she lived at another terraced house around two miles away in Harley Road, Great Yarmouth. Neighbours in Harley Road said the address was the home of her daughter Bobbi and her grandson. They said Ms Rainey had moved in and out of the address several times over the last five years and had not been seen there for several months. Ann Moughton, 76, who lives nearby said: ?It is a huge shock to hear that she died. She was a pleasant woman who was happy-go-lucky and bubbly. ?She had a King Charles Cavalier spaniel which she used to walk around and she always seemed very happy.? June Lawrence, 73, said: ?I loved her. She was rough and ready, but she would not hurt anybody. We got on really well. What a damn shame. ?She came to the street about four or five years ago with her daughter. Then she moved out a couple of times and left her daughter and her daughter?s boyfriend here, but she kept coming back. ?She use to talk to me about her problems. She was once quite big and had lost a lot of weight. What happened is really sad.? Other neighbours said Ms Rainey had several different boyfriends in recent years. One local resident who asked not to be named said: ?She used to enjoy a night out. Sometimes she would lock herself out and would borrow a ladder to get in. ?I only thought of her this week because I had not seen her around for a while. ?The last time I saw her was about four-months-ago. She told me she had just moved to a new flat. She said, ?I am doing alright?. ?She was quite a jolly person. Her hair was a different colour most weeks, but she always looked nice and attractive.? Another neighbour said: ?She was devoted to her grandchildren. I used to see her picking up her grandson from his primary school.? A Norfolk Police statement said: ?Police are investigating the death of a woman in Great Yarmouth. ?The East of England Ambulance Service was called to an address in South Market Road at approximately 11.40pm on August 5 following reports a woman had fallen down some stairs. ?The woman was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge with serious head injuries but sadly died in hospital on August 7. ?On August 10, police received significant information from a member of the public and following further enquiries officers are now treating her death as suspicious. The police statement said the woman had been provisionally as Linda Rainey. It added: ?Two people from the Great Yarmouth area were arrested in connection with the woman?s death on Sunday. ?A woman, aged in her 50s, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a man, aged in his 50s, has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They both remain in police custody at this time. The victim and the two people in custody are known to each other.? ends

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Officers had received ‘significant information’ about the incident from a member of the public on August 10 and following further inquiries said they were treating the death of Ms Rainey as suspicious.

Neighbours said Ms Rainey had moved in and out of the address several times over the last five years and had not been seen there for several months.

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Ann Moughton, 76, who lives nearby said: ‘It is a huge shock to hear that she died. She was a pleasant woman who was happy-go-lucky and bubbly.

‘She had a King Charles Cavalier spaniel which she used to walk around and she always seemed very happy.’

June Lawrence, 73, said: ‘I loved her. She was rough and ready, but she would not hurt anybody. We got on really well. What a damn shame.

‘She came to the street about four or five years ago with her daughter. Then she moved out a couple of times and left her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend here, but she kept coming back.

The house in South Market Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, (black door number 37) where grandmother Linda Rainey, 60, was found with serious head injuries after reportedly falling down the stairs. She died two later. A murder inquiry has now been launched by police following 'significant information' from a member of the public EAST ANGLIA NEWS SERVICE, tel. 07767 413379 Pictures available A murder inquiry has been launched into the death of a ???bubbly??? grandmother who was said to have fallen down stairs. Shop worker Linda Rainey, 60, died two days after she was reported to have suffered serious head injuries in a fall at a house in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. Her death last Wednesday in Addenbroke???s Hospital, Cambridge, was apparently initially believed to be due to a tragic accident. But police received a tip off from a member of the public on Saturday and made further inquiries which led to her death being treated as suspicious. A woman, aged in her 50s, was arrested on suspicion of her murder on Sunday. A man who is also aged in his 50s was arrested on the same day on suspicion of assisting an offender. The pair who are both from the Great Yarmouth area are still being held in custody while they are quizzed by detectives. The man and woman are said to have been known to Ms Rainey. Detectives are awaiting the results of a post mortem by a Home Office pathologist which was carried out on Monday to try and determine how she died. She suffered her injuries at around 11.40pm on August 5 at a terraced house in South Market Road, Great Yarmouth. But police said she lived at another terraced house around two miles away in Harley Road, Great Yarmouth. Neighbours in Harley Road said the address was the home of her daughter Bobbi and her grandson. They said Ms Rainey had moved in and out of the address several times over the last five years and had not been seen there for several months. Ann Moughton, 76, who lives nearby said: ???It is a huge shock to hear that she died. She was a pleasant woman who was happy-go-lucky and bubbly. ???She had a King Charles Cavalier spaniel which she used to walk around and she always seemed very happy.??? June Lawrence, 73, said: ???I loved her. She was rough and ready, but she would not hurt anybody. We got on really well. What a damn shame. ???She came to the street about four or five years ago with her daughter. Then she moved out a couple of times and left her daughter and her daughter???s boyfriend here, but she kept coming back. ???She use to talk to me about her problems. She was once quite big and had lost a lot of weight. What happened is really sad.??? Other neighbours said Ms Rainey had several different boyfriends in recent years. One local resident who asked not to be named said: ???She used to enjoy a night out. Sometimes she would lock herself out and would borrow a ladder to get in. ???I only thought of her this week because I had not seen her around for a while. ???The last time I saw her was about four-months-ago. She told me she had just moved to a new flat. She said, ???I am doing alright???. ???She was quite a jolly person. Her hair was a different colour most weeks, but she always looked nice and attractive.??? Another neighbour said: ???She was devoted to her grandchildren. I used to see her picking up her grandson from his primary school.??? A Norfolk Police statement said: ???Police are investigating the death of a woman in Great Yarmouth. ???The East of England Ambulance Service was called to an address in South Market Road at approximately 11.40pm on August 5 following reports a woman had fallen down some stairs. ???The woman was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge with serious head injuries but sadly died in hospital on August 7. ???On August 10, police received significant information from a member of the public and following further enquiries officers are now treating her death as suspicious. The police statement said the woman had been provisionally as Linda Rainey. It added: ???Two people from the Great Yarmouth area were arrested in connection with the woman???s death on Sunday. ???A woman, aged in her 50s, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a man, aged in his 50s, has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They both remain in police custody at this time. The victim and the two people in custody are known to each other.??? ends

(Picture: East Anglia News Service)

‘She use to talk to me about her problems. She was once quite big and had lost a lot of weight. What happened is really sad.’

One local resident who asked not to be named said: ‘She used to enjoy a night out. Sometimes she would lock herself out and would borrow a ladder to get in.

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‘I only thought of her this week because I had not seen her around for a while.

‘The last time I saw her was about four-months-ago. She told me she had just moved to a new flat. She said, ‘I am doing alright’.

‘She was quite a jolly person. Her hair was a different colour most weeks, but she always looked nice and attractive.’

Another neighbour said: ‘She was devoted to her grandchildren. I used to see her picking up her grandson from his primary school.’

A Home Office post-mortem examination on Monday found she died of a serious head injury.

Ms Rainey’s family said in a tribute issued through police: ‘Linda (Lin) was the much loved mother of five children and grandmother to four grandchildren whom she adored.

‘She was also a popular member of the community. Her death has come as a huge shock for us.’



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