Police charge man with murder of Tommy Cooper’s niece after she was found dead at her home
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Police have charged a man with murder after Tommy Cooper’s niece Sabrina Cooper was found dead at her home.
Police visited the address in Eastbourne at 6.45pm on Sunday following concerns for the welfare of a woman. Cooper, 68, was found dead at the property and a man, aged 59, has since been arrested.
The man, named as Tony King, was remanded into custody and is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates today. It's believed King was known to Cooper.
He was arrested in the early hours of Monday (19 December) and interviewed by officers before being charged with murder and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers said: “Our thoughts are with Sabrina's family and friends at this difficult time. We are supporting them and keeping them updated on the progress of this fast-moving investigation.
“We understand this incident will also cause upset and concern in the community, and I would like to reassure people that this is being treated as an isolated incident involving people known to each other, and with no threat to the wider public.
“We have already completed extensive enquiries and this has resulted in a person being arrested and charged within 48 hours of police initially attending the address.
"Those enquiries will continue as the case progresses through the court, and we encourage anyone with concerns or information relating to what happened to get in touch with us.”
Cooper, a grandmother, was related to the late comic legend Tommy Cooper through her dad David, who was Tommy's brother.
She ran Cooper's Magic Shops in Eastbourne, East Sussex - a family business set up by her parents - but had to close it in 2017.
Locals have expressed their shock and heartbreak over her death, with residents saying she was 'lovely' and was often seen out walking her two dogs.
One local coffee shop worker telling the Sun: "I used to see her when I popped out for a break and we'd always have a chat.
"She was really friendly and well-known locally.
"I last saw her out walking her dogs the day before she died. I'm devastated."
Members of the public are being asked to report any information to the police by calling 101 quoting Operation Dorsal.
Or you can report information anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers online or by calling 0800 555 111.
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