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Man charged with murder after woman's body found

Man charged with murder after woman's body found

A man has been charged with murder after a young mother was found dead in a rural Welsh border town.

The woman, who has been named locally as 25-year-old Georgina Symmonds, was found dead in Usk, Monmouthshire, early on Wednesday morning.

A 53-year-old man from the Abergavenny area has been charged with murder and will appear at Newport Magistrates' Court on Friday morning.

Gwent Police said a cause of death had yet to be established.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Roger Forey said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family of the deceased.

"Our investigation will establish exactly what happened and additional patrols will be taking place in the coming days to provide local residents of confidence and reassurance."

Scores of tributes have been paid to Ms Symmonds, who friends said was from Allt yr Yn in Newport and had a young daughter.

Alexy Butcher wrote on Facebook: "She had such a shining infectious personality that could change anyone's world. I just can't see beyond today or tomorrow. I just want that beautiful blonde bombshell back."

Sian Thomas Colbourne posted: "I'm devastated for your friends and loved ones."

A school friend, who did not want to be named, added: "I'm totally shocked. She was only 25 and has a little girl. It's heartbreaking for her family - especially her daughter, who will now have to grow up without her mother."