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'Lovely' mum found dead in home will be 'missed by so many'

By Abigail Nicholson

Tributes have poured in for a 'lovely' mum who was found dead in her Huyton home.

Merseyside Police rushed to Radway Road in Huyton, close to the junction with Lyme Cross Road, at around 8.30am on Wednesday, May 11, following reports that a body of a woman was found in a home. Officers and paramedics attended but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim was named locally as Lorraine Cullen, also known as Lol, a 43-year-old mum who lived in the area for several years. Merseyside Police confirmed her identity, said her next of kin had been informed and were being supported by specially trained officers.

READ MORE: 'Devastation' as 'bubbly and lovely' mum found dead in her home

A 21-year-old man, who detectives say is known to the victim, was arrested a short time later on suspicion of murder. The ECHO was told he was arrested on York Road, a short distance away, where forensics officers were also investigating this morning.

Ms Cullen was said to have a young daughter of primary school age who lived with her in the property, as well as an adult son and an adult daughter.

One woman, who lived near the scene, told the ECHO : "It was just after all the kids were going to school. The police came and there were a few people gathered outside. I heard she was dead.

"The ambulances came but they didn't put anyone inside. I didn't know her well but she was a lovely person. I would go over when the little one was playing in the garden and speak to her."

Detective Inspector Laura Lamping said: “We can confirm that a woman in her 40s has sadly died this morning following an incident at a house in Huyton. Although an arrest has been made, we are in the very early stages of the investigation as we seek to establish what happened at the address.

"It is therefore vital that anyone with information that could assist our enquiries gets in touch. If you live in the area and witnessed the incident, or saw any suspicious behaviour this morning on Radway Road, please contact police immediately. Any information, no matter how small, may prove vital to our investigation.”

Tributes to the mum poured in on social media with many saying they had fond memories of Lorraine from their childhood.

Janet McGowan said: "RIP Lorraine you were a great laugh in school so sad heartbreaking xx"

Zoey Louise Hendry said: " Such sad news rest in peace Lorraine what a lovely funny woman you were."

Tammy said: "Never thought I’d be writing a status like this and especially for you Lorraine Cullen Forever, my bubbly gorgeous friend! Absolutely gutted and heartbroken. Thinking of all her family and friends.. Fly high you were one of the best."

Shirley Wooding said: "So sad, RIP Lorraine fond memories of you from our teens sympathy to the family xx"

Danielle Gray said: "R.I.P girly such amazing person will be missed by so many."

Natasha Rendell said: "Rest In peace you crazy diamond."

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has information which could help police with inquiries, is asked to DM @MerPolCC, message ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre on Facebook’ or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 with reference 22000322022.

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