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Man charged with charity murder
Ashleigh Ewing
Mental health worker Ashleigh Ewing was in her first full-time job
A 34-year-old man has been charged with murder after the body of a mental health charity worker was found with multiple stab wounds.

Northumbria Police named the man charged as Ronald Dixon. Ashleigh Ewing, 22, was found dead in a house in Heaton, Newcastle, on Friday.

Ms Ewing of Hebburn, South Tyneside, had been at the house as part of her job with Mental Health Matters.

Ms Ewing's parents said their daughter had been "full of compassion".

Mr Dixon is due at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on Monday.

In a statement, Ms Ewing's parents, Jeff and Aileen, said: "Ashleigh was cherished and admired by her loving family and friends and was a wonderful role model for the youth of today.

"She was not materialistic, very unassuming and full of care and compassion for others less fortunate than herself.

Forensic tests

"Her family will remember with love and pride. Her loss is too tragic to bear, but her spirit will live in our hearts forever."

Ms Ewing graduated from Northumbria University last July with a degree in psychology.

The post with the charity was her first full-time job, police said.

Charity head pays tribute to Ashleigh Ewing

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