Tributes have poured in for Tommy Cooper’s niece after the ‘lovely’ former magic shop owner was found dead at her home on Sunday.
Police found Sabrina Cooper, 68, dead at an address in Eastbourne at 6.45pm following a report of concerns for the welfare of a woman.
A man appeared in court today charged with one count of murder and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.
Tony King, 59, of Cornfield Terrace, who was known to Ms Cooper, was remanded in custody to next appear at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday, December 22.
Police found Sabrina Cooper, 68, pictured, dead at an address in Eastbourne after being called to the scene on Sunday following a report of concerns for the welfare of a woman
Ms Cooper was the niece of comedian and magician Tommy Cooper, who died in 1984
Ms Cooper’s father was the brother of the late comedian and she ran a magic shop named after the star, until it closed in 2017.
The grandmother’s father, David, was the brother of magician Tommy who died suddenly from a heart attack while on stage in 1984, aged 63.
Ms Cooper previously owned the family-run business Cooper’s Magic Shop in Eastbourne but it closed down in April 2017.
Eastbourne residents have paid tribute to ‘lovely’ Ms Cooper on a local Facebook page.
Local residents paid tribute to Sabrina Cooper (left) who ran the local Cooper’s Magic Shop in Eastbourne.Pictured: in 2017
One person said: ‘Kind lady, always remember her fancy dress shop. Very helpful. So sad.’
Another commented: ‘My partner worked for her in the shop. Lovely lady such a shame.’
A third added: ‘Such a sad end of a lovely lady’s life I will always remember our chats when she was out with her lovely little dogs.’
Police attended a property at around 6.45pm on Sunday where Ms Cooper was found dead
A man has been charged with the murder of a 68-year-old woman found dead in an East Sussex town. Police are pictured at the scene
Detective Chief Inspector Emma Vickers, of Sussex Police, 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 дополнительные ресурсы 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 inquiries and this has resulted in a person being arrested and charged within 48 hours of police initially attending the address.
‘Those inquiries 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.’
The public can report information to police by calling 101 quoting Operation Dorsal.Alternatively, report information anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers online or by calling 0800 555 111.