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Haughton victim named as Melanie Loveridge by police

By Thomas Parkes | Stafford | Crime | Published:

A woman who died two days after being found with serious injuries in a Staffordshire village has been named by police.

Melanie Loveridge, from Derrington, was found on Isabel Trail, off Station Road, in Haughton at around 8pm on Saturday.

She was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital, where she died of her injuries on Monday.

The 44-year-old is believed to have been left The Bell Inn pub and was riding an electric bike before she was found injured in the village, which lies between Gnosall and Stafford.

A 50 year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of causing her grievous bodily harm has now been released on bail until August 12, pending further enquiries.

In a statement, Melanie's family paid tribute to the "beautiful" woman.

Melanie Loveridge

It said: “Mel was a beautiful, intelligent, strong and loving person who will be sorely missed by all that knew and loved her.”

Detective Inspector Alan Lyford, of Staffordshire Police, said: “If anyone has information about this incident we would appeal for them to get in touch.

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“Specially-trained officers are providing support to Melanie’s family at this time.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 431 of July 14.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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