A WOMAN who died in Thatcham last week has now been formally identified as Emma McArthur, aged 43.

Emma died on Thursday, April 1, in Crookham Hill, Crookham Common at around 11.45pm.

Thames Valley Police launched a murder investigation after the woman died from her injuries.

The force is now releasing the following tribute on behalf of Emma’s family:

“Darling Emma,

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“Spiritual, spontaneous and a free spirit – with a love of mother nature especially animals and the outdoors.

"You had a thirst for learning, new skills and could turn your hand to most things.

“Practical – you have never shied away from life’s challenges, caring, thoughtful and always saw the best in everyone.

"A mother who always put her children before herself and whose love touched all those who were blessed with being able to call her a friend.

“Definitely unique and a one off. How empty our lives will be without you.

“Spread your wings and follow your dreams.

“Loving mother, daughter and friend.”