A FAMILY has paid a heartfelt tribute to a "much-loved mum, sister and grandma" who was found dead in her home yesterday.

Detectives launched a murder inquiry after Mandy Houghton, 58, was found unresponsive with serious head injuries in her house in Victory Close, Nelson, at 11am.

The death is being treated as suspicious and police confirmed that a 72-year-old man, from Nelson, arrested on suspicion of Ms Houghton's murder yesterday remains in custody.

A home office post mortem examination showed Ms Houghton, who lived alone. died as a result of head injuries.

In a moving tribute, Ms Houghton’s family said: “Mandy was a much-loved mum, sister and grandma. She was a happy soul that wouldn't hurt a fly. She has been taken from us too soon and is going to be deeply missed.”

The man leading the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Willis, of the police's major investigation team, said: “My thoughts remain with Mandy’s family and all her loved ones at this time.

“These are tragic circumstances and we are continuing to work hard to establish exactly what has happened.

“While we have made one arrest, I would encourage anyone with information to come forward.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 0411 of June 3.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.