Loving tributes paid to young mum who was found murdered on New Year's Day

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Wisbech woman who was found murdered on New Year s Day. Mother-of-four Dolly Gregory, 32, who was born in Wisbech will be remembered as wonderful mum and a fun-loving, caring woman by her family and friends. She was fou

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Wisbech woman who was found murdered on New Year's Day.

Mother-of-four Dolly Gregory, 32, who was born in Wisbech will be remembered as wonderful mum and a fun-loving, caring woman by her family and friends.

She was found with serious head injuries at around 4.30am at her home in Welland Court, Grantham.

She was pronounced dead at the scene and a 38-year-old man was taken to hospital with series head injuries he remains there under police guard.


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Ms Gregory was born in the Wisbech area and her parents still live in King's Lynn along with her brothers.

She leaves behind her four children, Sammy-Jo Gregory, 15, Martella-Louise Gregory, 13, Mark Gregory, 10, and Joe Watt (five), who are now being cared for away from the area by her previous partner.

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She will also be greatly missed by her mother and father, Mandy, 53, and Jim, 54, Smith, who live in King's Lynn, along with her brothers, Jimmy-Boy Smith, 34, Reuben Smith, 28 and Luke Smith, 26.

Ms Gregory was born in the Wisbech area and moved to the traveller community in Tolney Lane, Newark, when she was nine.

She went to Mount School and Barnaby Gate School in Newark and was a prominent member of the Gypsy Community Youth Club.

She was a born-again Christian and decided to be baptised at the age of 12.

This took up much of her time when she was younger as she attended church gatherings across the East Midlands.

Dolly was also a big Christian and country music fan.

Along with friends in the area, Ms Gregory will be known to field workers between Newark and Spalding as she regularly picked flowers in the spring.

She moved to Grantham about six years ago and until recently some of her children attended school in the area.

Her dad, Mr Smith, said: "She was a real rebel, a bit of a free spirit who lived for fun. She loved music, loved going out dancing and loved to live her life to the full, but she was also a loving and caring person who had time for anyone, particularly when they needed help.

"I named her Dolly when she was a baby; she was so beautiful, just like a little China doll."

Mrs Smith said: "We have lost our beautiful daughter; her bothers have lost their lives as they lived for her and her four children have lost the best mum in the world."

The family said they would like to thank everyone who has contacted them to offer condolences and support.

They will announce the date of the funeral when it is set on Dolly's Facebook site, which is still active.

There will be a full "gypsy funeral", but the family is keen to stress that "non-gypsy" friends of Dolly will be more than welcome to attend.

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