Murder probe after pensioner from Blackpool found dead

Delia Hughes, 85, who was discovered by relatives at her ground-floor flat
Delia Hughes, 85, who was discovered by relatives at her ground-floor flat
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A PENSIONER found murdered at her Southampton home was originally from Blackpool, it has emerged.

Detectives launched a murder inquiry after the body of 85-year-old Delia Hughes was found by family members on Saturday.

The family raised the alarm after they had failed to contact her since last Thursday.

Mrs Hughes had lived in the city for 17 years but was originally from Blackpool.

She was retired but had previously worked as a supervisor for Littlewoods.

Her loved-ones described Mrs Hughes as a “devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.”

Speaking on behalf of the family, her son-in-law said: “We are all absolutely devastated and deeply saddened by what we can only describe as an extremely cruel and pointless act against an elderly and defenceless woman.

“Delia was the kindest person anyone could wish meet and she never had cross words with anyone, in fact, Delia would do anything for anyone and had a heart of gold.

“She was fit and active for her age and for someone like her to be so cruelly taken from us in this way is too much and we want justice as soon as we can.

“Delia’s great grandchildren idolised her and no matter how old she was, she did everything for them.

“They were proud to have a great grandmother who they called nana.

“We are all going to miss her greatly.”

Mrs Hughes had one daughter, two grandsons and three great grandchildren.

A post mortem confirmed she had died from severe blows to the head.

Police have arrested a 37-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman in connection with the attack, who are being questioned by detectives.