A TOUCHING tribute has been paid to a mother-of-five who was found dead at the weekend.

A family statement issued through Cleveland Police described 33-year-old Natalie Saunders, from Middlesbrough, as a 'beautiful lady'.

Her heartbroken family said: "Natalie was a loving daughter, sister and mother of five children. We are deeply heartbroken at this difficult time and ask for privacy to come to terms with what has happened.

“Natalie was a beautiful lady and we will miss her. Natalie, you will forever and always be in our hearts and thoughts. Sweet dreams, sleep tight and we pray you are now at peace xx.”

The Northern Echo:

Flowers left at a house on Tomlinson Way, in Middlesbrough, where a woman's body was found. Picture: Gazette Media

Police were called to an address on Tomlinson Way in Middlesbrough, at 8.30am on Sunday.

  • Stephen Charlton, 24, appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, charged with Natalie’s murder.