Inquest into cheese-maker’s death

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An inquest will take place today into the death of an award-winning businesswoman who was found dead in a snowy garden.

Champion cheese-maker Mandy Reed’s body was discovered in freezing conditions near her home in the village of Scorton, North Yorkshire, after a night out.

Mother-of-two Mrs Reed, 47, was found dead in a garden in the early hours of February 5.

Mrs Reed ran the Richmond-based Swaledale Cheese Company for 25 years after starting it with her husband David in 1987. Mr Reed died in 2005 aged 46.

Speaking after her death, former Richmondshire councillor Martin Bearpack said it was a terrible tragedy, especially as her husband also died so young.

He said: “I knew them both for a number of years and they were great entrepreneurs.

“It’s such sad loss. She will be very much missed.

“The company was such a good thing for this area and she was a very well-known figure.”

The inquest will be held at Richmond Town Hall.