THE family of a "beautiful" mum-of-three who died after being found with stab wounds have paid an emotional tribute to her.

Paula Leather, 56, was fatally injured at her home address in Tinling Close, Prescot in the early hours of Monday.

Husband George Leather, 60, of Prescot, was arrested at the scene and charged with the murder of Paula.

He appeared at Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, November 18.

This evening, Thursday, November 19, her family issued a heartbreaking statement, in which they said she had "a smile that would light up the world".

Their tribute read: "Our gorgeous Mum has sadly been taken away from us in the most tragic of circumstances.  

"Paula was beautiful inside and out; so kind, so loving and she was the person that was there for everyone.

"She was the mum of Jason, Jessica and Matthew and the proudest nanny to her first grandson.

"Paula was devoted to siblings Karen, Ian and Peter, to her large loving family and to her wonderful friends.

"She was a beautiful soul within her community with a smile to light up the world.

"Mum will be missed beyond words but the life, the love and the memories we shared together will live on forever."

George Leather was remanded into custody and will appear for another hearing at Liverpool Crown Court this Friday (November 20).