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Monday 11 December 2017

By Matthew Cooper, Press Association

By Matthew Cooper, Press Association

An inquest will open today on a woman found dead after being accused of directing online abuse at Madeleine McCann's parents.

The body of Brenda Leyland, 63, was found in a hotel room two days after she featured in a Sky News report highlighting internet "trolling" of Kate and Gerry McCann.

Ms Leyland, from Burton Overy, Leicestershire, is reported to have posted thousands of messages on Twitter attacking the McCanns, whose daughter Madeleine disappeared in Portugal in 2007.

Officers from Leicestershire Police were alerted to the discovery of Ms Leyland's body at a hotel in Enderby at 1.42pm on Saturday.

An inquest into the non-suspicious death will be opened by the Leicester Coroner Catherine Mason this afternoon.

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