TRIBUTES have been paid after a body found at a popular Gwent pub was revealed to be that of its landlady.

Emergency services were called after Judith Ramsden was found at The Gate House in Monmouth in the early hours of Saturday morning.

A statement on the pub's Facebook page reads: "It is with our deepest sadness that we are placing this notice to inform of the passing of Judith Ramsden, our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, on the 9th February 2019.

"Her passing was sudden and completely unexpected; therefore, due to these circumstances we will be unable to open the Gate House whilst further arrangements are being made.

"We would like to thank our friends, staff and regular customers for their understanding during this difficult time and will be notifying of any further information and arrangements for the funeral in due course.

"Once again we would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support and will appreciate the time needed as necessary to make these arrangements and adapt to our devastating loss. Sincerely Phil, Charlotte, Westley, Christopher and Alexandrea."

Debbie Noel also paid tribute to Mrs Ramsden on Facebook, writing: "Phil, I'm so so sad to hear this news. You and Jude made me feel like part of the family when I worked for you.

"Jude was so kind to me. I am thinking for you all and sending all my love and condolences. Debs. Xxx"

It is understood that an ambulance was called to the the pub, which is located next to the River Monnow in the town's Monnow Street, shortly before 3.50am on Saturday morning, and that Gwent Police were called to the scene some 30 minutes later.

"We are currently investigating the circumstances. Next of kin have been informed," said a force spokesman.

No further details of the incident have been released.

The site is currently closed, and is expected to remain closed for the immediate future.