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REGIONAL: Katie Rimmer, 33, tragically passed away yesterday, a post-mortem revealed she died as a r

Katie Rimmer with her two children Ryan and Chloe

A family has been left devastated after the sudden death of a mother of two young children, who was found inside her home with serious head injuries.

Katie Rimmer, formerly Wareing, lived on Bretton Fold in Meols Cop with her daughter Chloe, 12, son Ryan, seven, and husband of just two months, Shaun.

The 33-year-old died on Tuesday at Royal Preston Hospital surrounded by loved ones after being admitted on Sunday in a critical condition by air ambulance.

Merseyside Police said they were called at approximately 2.40pm on Sunday to the property and confirmed they are currently questioning a 49-year-old man in relation to her death who was initially arrested on suspicion of assault.

A post-mortem carried out today (Wednesday) found Katie died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head consistent with a fall.

Members of Katie’s family have since paid tribute to her, saying: “It is such a tragic loss of a much loved mum, daughter, sister, auntie and friend, taken far too soon will always be remembered never forgotten. Rest in peace.”

Terry Southwood said his nickname for Katie was “my bestie.”

He said: “We were best mates, all of us had been at The Vincent watching a Lionel Richie tribute act.

“She was lovely, fun, and you could always have a laugh with her, she had time for everyone. She was a great mate.

“I dropped her at home at about 1am and the last thing I said was ‘get yourself to sleep, I will see you in the morning for Taekwondo’, as our sons were going for their yellow bands on their white belts.”

Claire Carter, who says she has known her for a long time, said: “I would just like to say RIP Katie, such a tragic loss of life, you had so much more to live for, you will continue to live on in your two beautiful children.”

Sheryl Flint, owner of the Sparkles n Studs boutique on Eastbank Street in Southport said: “Katie was a customer of mine and a really nice girl. She always walked in with a smile on her face. The last time I saw her she was all excited about getting married.

“I am really saddened and shocked to hear about her death.”

Friends of the family are now asking the Southport community to rally and try and create some form of Christmas for her devastated children.

Rachel Pedder, who is one of those behind the campaign, said: “She did not have a chance to go shopping for Christmas presents.

“The kids are devastated by it all, they were really close to her. She was such a good mum, very lovely and outgoing.

“Katie was very smiley and popular, her death has really hit the community hard.

“The news has knocked everyone for six, especially other mums who have children themselves, you just can’t think of anything worse.”

Rachel said they are looking to try and take the pressure off the family in the lead-up to Christmas by asking those who can help to donate anything at all, from toys, to clothes, food hampers, money for bigger presents or even vouchers.

She said: “With the time of the year it is heartbreaking for all of them, especially the kids – we just want to give them some sort of Christmas the best way we can.”

If you would like to help, items can be left at the Visiter office on Tulketh Street in Southport town centre, Cottage Beauty Clinic, on Rufford Road in Crossens and Root 66 hairdressers, on Old Park Lane, High Park.

Police are currently investigating and enquiries are ongoing.

Anyone who has any information about the incident is asked to call Sefton CID on 0151 777 3082, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Story and Photo Source: Southport Visitor

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