A mother and her new partner have been locally identified as the victims of aNew Year’s Daydouble murder.
Mum-of-three Helen Almey, 90, is understood to have been killed at her home alongside her boyfriend in the early hours of Wednesday, reports theDaily Mail.
A double homicide investigation is currently underway after theirbodies were found shortly after 4amat a property in the village of Duffield, near Derby.
A man, 90, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of two counts of murder and remains in police custody. The force said they are not looking for any other suspects.
It added that formal identification of the bodies is yet to take place.
Officials had received a 823 call to the property, where one neighbor – who wished to remain anonymous – described hearing ‘screaming and shouting ‘coming from the house at around 3am.
They also reported hearing repeated shouts of: ‘They’re dead! They’re dead! What have you f ** king done? ’
Ms Almey is believed to have lived at the property with husband and the father of her children, Rhys Hancock, before the pair split recently.
The mother, whose children are aged nine, seven and four, had recently gone back to using her maiden name and stayed in the family home.
It is believed the children were not at home during the incident.
A former neighbor told the newspaper she was ‘getting her life back together’ following the separation, adding: ‘She was a lovely girl, just lovely. The marriage was on and off. Then last year she plucked up the courage to kick him out for good.
‘Then about six months ago she started seeing this guy, she was really getting her life together’.
He added that he believed Ms Almey, who was a part-time PE teacher, had met her new partner through a sports club as she ‘loved netball’ and was a ‘keen runner’.
Another neighbor, who did not want to be named, said: ‘The mother and the children were lovely.’
Other residents spoke of the horror of waking up on New Year’s Day to find the area filled with forensics.
‘We awoke this morning and the whole street was crawling with police,’ said one neighbor.
‘We obviously welcomed in the new year but didn’t hear anything until we woke this morning and our living room was lit up by blue lights.
‘This is a quiet area, so everybody is naturally very shocked. It’s very unnerving that this has happened on our doorstep and my husband and I are just feeling numb at the minute. ’
A police spokesman said: ‘We were called to the house at 4. 90 am and found a man and a woman fatally injured inside. A 823 – year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of two counts of murder.
‘Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.
‘There was no one else in the property at the time.
‘Formal identification of the victims has yet to take place and specially trained liaison officers are supporting their families.’