HIGHBRIDGE has united in grief over the death of popular, loved and talented artist Laura Biss.

Flowers have been left on Burnham Road, in Highbridge, paying tribute to the 34-year-old mother.

One message read: “Such a devastating loss, you’re beautiful face will be truely missed (SIC).

“Heaven has gained another angel, rest in peace, never to be forgotten.”

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Dozens of people have taken to social media to pay tribute to Laura and offer their condolences and support to her family.

Her body was found on the B3139 Burnham Road, in Highbridge, in the early hours of Saturday, January 20.

In a statement published by Avon and Somerset Police, Laura's family said: “Laura was a beautiful daughter, a fantastic mother and a great sister.

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"She was sensitive, caring and compassionate and would think nothing of going out of her way to help others.

“She had a great sense of humour which made her very popular. She touched so many people’s lives in a positive way.

“She was also a talented artist, who had a great future ahead of her.

“Words cannot express what her loss means to all her family and friends – we are heartbroken and totally devastated.

“We would like the media to leave us alone at this time to grieve privately.”

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Nick Tolley, who owns Nick Tolley Photography in Abindon Street, Burnham-on-Sea, also paid tribute to a ‘good friend’.

He said: "I knew Laura as a client in the shop who immediately became a good friend that bought so much laughter and fun here whenever she called in.

“Laura was a talented artist and created beautiful, intriguing and individual pieces of art.

“She always bought them here to be copied so she could sell the originals and keep memories of her work.

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“I’m so very sad for this tragic loss, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to all her family. May you paint the walls of heaven with your lovely images Laura."

Christopher Harris, 34, of no fixed address, has been charged with her murder and will next appear at Bristol Crown Court for a plea and trial preparation hearing on March 2.

Harris is accused of murder and causing the death of Ms Biss by dangerous driving.

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