TRIBUTES have been paid to a "generous, kind hearted" Farnworth woman who was found dead at her home.

Police were called to a house in Ramsay Avenue at about 8.10am last Wednesday, and found the body of an 80-year-old woman.

She has since been identified as Barbara Heywood.

In a tribute issued via police, her family said: “Our mum has been taken from us under tragic circumstances.

“She was a generous, kind hearted lady who loved life. She was simply the best and we will miss her forever.

“We are finding it difficult to comprehend life without her.

“Mum adored flowers so if you wish to send some in her memory then please do so we want to send her off in a sea of blooms.

“We would appreciate respect and privacy at this time to grieve and come to terms with this devastating situation.”

A heavy police presence was spotted outside the semi-detached house throughout last Wednesday.

An 88-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and has since been detained under the Mental Health Act following assessments by specialist medical staff.

Neighbours spoke of their shock and paid tribute to "marvellous" and "generous" Barbara.

They said Mrs Heywood, who had been in a wheelchair for over 30 years, had small great-grandchildren.

Joyce Newsham, 76, who lives in the house opposite, was a close friend of Mrs Heywood and cared for her for a time.

Mrs Newsham said the woman was the first person who spoke to her when she moved to Ramsay Avenue more than 30 years ago.

Mrs Newsham said: "We've been friends ever since, we kept each other going.

"It was such a shock. I've known Barbara for 31 years.

"She'd do anything for anyone. She was marvellous."