THE family of a woman found dead has paid tribute to her describing her as a "wonderful mum".

The body of 42-year-old Alison Hunt was found at a house in Moss Lane, Swinton, on Wednesday after police were called.

In a statement Alison's family said: "Alison was a wonderful mum, daughter, sister, aunt and good friend to many.

"The loss of her beautiful smile and heart of gold is a tragic loss to all of us.

"The way she brightened up every day with her laughter and sense of humour will always be with us.

"A light in our lives has been forever extinguished."

Vernon Holmes, aged 47, of Caroline Street, Irlam has been charged with murder.