THE family of a woman stabbed to death in Amesbury have paid tribute to “an extremely loving” daughter, mother and grandmother who “absolutely doted” on her family.

Deborah Simister was discovered on Monday evening at her home in Maple Way with serious stab wounds to her neck. The mother-of-four was flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital where she died later that night.

In a statement issued by the 45-year-old’s children and parents, they said: “She was always chatty and made lots of friends in the community. She loved cooking and reading and happily walked her dogs for miles.

“She will be sorely missed by all her family and friends and we fervently hope justice will be served. “For Debz to have her life snatched away so young leaves a big hole in all our lives.”

Her 19-year-old daughter Amy Howell called her “my lovely mum”, saying: “She’s really very precious and she means the world to me for no one can compare with her in any way, you see.”

Mrs Simister’s husband, Roy, was arrested at the scene and appeared in court on Wednesday morning charged with murder. The 49-year-old was remanded in custody to appear at Winchester Crown Court on June 14.