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Husband of ‘devoted’ disability campaigner charged with her murder

The husband of a “devoted and caring” disability campaigner found dead in her home has been charged with her murder.

Jackie Hoadley, 58, was found dead in Eastbourne, East Sussex, on Sunday afternoon.

This afternoon Raymond Hoadley, 62, of Willowfield Road, Eastbourne, was charged with her murder.

He was remanded to appear at Lewes Crown Court on Monday.

Campaigner Mrs Hoadley last year set up a petition calling for free incontinence pads for disabled children and has so far been signed more than 88,500 times.

Mrs Hoadley last year visited Parliament with Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd to lobby then social care minister Caroline Dineage.

In a final public Facebook post, she shared a quote which said: “You are strong enough to handle whatever’s coming, even if it doesn’t feel like it right now.”

A statement from Sussex Police following her death said: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman’s body was discovered inside a house in Eastbourne.

“Police and ambulance paramedics were called to Broad Oak Close at 1.59pm on Sunday (July 5) after a visitor to the house raised the alarm.

“The woman had suffered serious injuries and was sadly declared dead at the scene.”

Mr Hoadley was detained at a residential school for disabled children, 25 miles from the victim’s home, according to reports.

Chailey Heritage Foundation told the Daily Mail: “We can confirm there was an incident in the grounds of Chailey Heritage.

“Sussex Police arrived on site and apprehended the individual.

“We take the safety of all of those at Chailey Heritage as paramount and we had procedures in place should an incident like this occur.”

Paying tribute, the charity said in a statement: “We are very sad to confirm that Jackie Hoadley, who died in Eastbourne on July 5.

“Our whole community is deeply saddened by the tragic situation and our thoughts and condolences are with the family and Jackie’s friends at this time.

“We would like to pay tribute to Jackie as a devoted and caring mother and a committed campaigner for the rights of disabled children.

“She was well known by many of the parents at Chailey Heritage and she will be sorely missed by so many people.”

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