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Keeper's fiancee tells of torment

The fiancee and parents of a non-League footballer found dead at his home have told of their devastation.

Lindsey Cowan, the fiancee of Rushden and Diamonds goalkeeper Dale Roberts, described the 24-year-old as "my childhood sweetheart and the love of my life".

Roberts, whose death is not being treated as suspicious by Northamptonshire Police, was found dead at his home in Higham Ferrers, near Rushden, on Tuesday.

In a separate statement, the footballer's parents Isabelle and George Roberts said Lindsey and their son had been very happy together.

Mr and Mrs Roberts added: "We are grieving for our wonderful son Dale. We are devastated by his death and we would ask the media to allow us to grieve in private."

In her statement, Miss Cowan said: "We had been together since a young age and I will never get over his death."

Rushden and Diamonds' FA Trophy replay against Eastwood Town earlier this week was postponed in the wake of the tragedy and Saturday's Football Conference clash against Eastbourne Borough has also been called off.

It has not yet been revealed how Roberts died, but Northamptonshire Police said it had been notified of his sudden death.

A police spokesman said: "There are no suspicious circumstances in relation to his death and a report is being prepared for the coroner."

In a statement, Rushden and Diamonds chairman Gary Calder said: "It is with great sadness that our England-C goalkeeper Dale Roberts passed away, our thoughts and prayers at this time go to his parents, family and friends."

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