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Beckenham murder: Tributes paid to 'loving' mother found dead in south-east London home

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Tributes have been paid to a mother of two who was found beaten to death in her home in south-east London.

Police launched a murder investigation after the body of Diane Dyer, 61, was discovered with multiple head injuries in Oakwood Avenue, Beckenham at about 11pm on Thursday. No arrests have been made. 

Friends of Ms Dyer today told the Standard she would be “hugely missed”.

Jane Frenchum said: “We have been friends for a long, long time. She was a big part of our family, and she was a very loving woman.”

Police said formal identification is yet to take place, but Ms Dyer’s next-of-kin have been informed.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Cranwell, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a tragic incident and we are supporting Diane’s family at this difficult time.”

He added: “I would like to reassure the community that this is thought to be an isolated incident and we believe Diane knew her attacker.”

It is the 75th murder investigation launched in London this year.

Anyone with information is asked to call 020 8721 4054, or 101 quoting CAD 9363/18JUL.

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