Saturday 24 February 2018

Two teens (14) charged with murder of mum and daughter

Tributes left outside a house in Spalding, Lincolnshire, where a woman and her 13-year-old daughter were found dead on Friday. Photo: PA
Tributes left outside a house in Spalding, Lincolnshire, where a woman and her 13-year-old daughter were found dead on Friday. Photo: PA

Ryan Wilkinson

Two 14-year-olds have been charged with murder following the deaths of two people in England.

The bodies of a woman and a girl were discovered at a property on Dawson Avenue in Spalding, Lincolnshire, on Friday afternoon.

Police have not formally identified the bodies, but believe the deceased to be 49-year-old school dinner lady Elizabeth Edwards and her 13-year-old daughter Katie.

Relatives of the victims have paid tribute – with a teenage friend of Katie describing her as being “like a sister” and Ms Edwards as a second mother.

Ms Edwards’s partner, Graham Green, wrote on his Facebook page: “My babe has gone but you will always be in my heart forever and ever and ever. The lady meant the world to me, she was my rock.

“Katie, so young, lots of good times in front of us, has been taken away. RIP.”

The teenage suspects, who are believed to be a boy and a girl, have both been remanded to appear before Lincoln Magistrates Court today.

Post-mortem examinations on the victims are due to be carried out soon.

One resident living close to the victims’ home in Dawson Avenue said she saw Elizabeth Edwards on Tuesday.

“She was a lovely lady, very friendly and I knew her quite well,” said the neighbour, who did not want to be named.

“She was quite well known because she worked at a primary school and what has happened is just unbelievable. Katie was lovely too, but very quiet.”

In a statement on Saturday, Superintendent Paul Timmins said the deaths had understandably generated a great deal of local concern.

“I would like to make clear that this type of crime is extremely rare. Indeed, we believe this is a completely isolated incident.”

He said: “This is very much an active investigation that is in its early stages and police would like people not to speculate as to the circumstances surrounding it.

“We are looking at a number of lines of inquiry and doing our utmost to get to the bottom of what has happened.”

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Holvey, who is leading the investigation, has appealed for anyone with information or who was in the Dawson Avenue area from about mid-day on Wednesday 13 April to mid-day on Friday to come forward.

He added: “Our officers will continue to carry out enquiries in the locality and local uniformed officers will also be in the area. If you have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to talk to them.”

Irish Independent

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