Family of Claire Tavener pay tribute to their ‘beautiful girl’

PUBLISHED: 10:59 11 January 2018

Family of Claire Tavener pay tribute to 'beautiful girl'.

Family of Claire Tavener pay tribute to 'beautiful girl'.


The family of Claire Tavener who died on Monday have paid tribute to an ‘amazing woman who was full of life and love for her boys’.

The 27-year-old mother-of-two died after she was found inside her home in Brendon Gardens, in Nailsea, with serious injuries.

A 45-year-old-man, believed to be her husband Andrew Tavener, was arrested shortly afterwards at Nailsea and Backwell Railway Station with a life-changing hand injury.

Claire’s family have now released a tribute to their ‘beautiful girl’. Her family said: “Claire was an amazing woman, full of life and love for her boys. She made us so proud to be her parents and brother.

“Her sense of humour and ability to focus on the important things meant she could cope with any situation with ease.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support and love shown since her tragic death, and would like to thank everyone for it.

“The pain of losing our beautiful girl so suddenly is unbearable but we now have to concentrate on the boys and would appreciate being given privacy and time to grieve.”

Police revealed yesterday (Wednesday) Claire died after a ‘violent assault’.

Detective Inspector Mike Buck, from Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “We have a team of officers and police staff working on this inquiry and we’ll be speaking with people that knew the victim over the next few days.

“A forensic post-mortem examination has been carried out which confirmed the victim died as the result of a violent assault.

“Trained family liaison officers are in place supporting the victim’s family, who are understandably devastated by what’s happened.

“We’ll keep them updated as our inquiry progresses.

“A 45-year-old man who was arrested on Monday morning remains in hospital receiving treatment.

“We’re treating this as an isolated incident but would still like to speak to anyone with any information which could help us - even if the information may seem insignificant.”

Anyone with information which could help the police is asked to call 101 and quote reference log 108 from January 8.

Claire’s friends set up a fundraising campaign on Tuesday to raise money for her two young boys which has now reached more than £9,000. To donate to the appeal visit

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