Two 14-Year-Olds Charged With Double Murder Of U.K. Mother And Daughter

A 14-year-boy and girl have been charged with the double murder of a mother and her 13-year-old daughter in their home in Spalding, Lincolnshire in the U.K.

According to the police, Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and daughter Katie, 13, were found at their home in Dawson Avenue, Spalding, on Friday afternoon. Both had been stabbed to death.

As reported by CNN, British police have launched a murder probe and have since arrested a 14-year-old girl and boy for the alleged double murder, and they will appear at the Lincoln Magistrate’s Court on Monday. The teenagers will be charged with the murders of Edwards and her daughter Katie.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Holvey is in charge of the investigation and said authorities need to talk to anyone who may have seen activity at the home between Wednesday and Friday, adding, “Postmortem examinations will be carried out in due course but I still need to speak to anyone with any information that might be relevant.”

Edwards reportedly worked in the cafeteria at the St. Paul’s primary school down the road from her home. While it is believed the mother and daughter were stabbed, police have not yet confirmed the cause of death as a postmortem is still to be held.

Reportedly, the surrounding community is in shock at the deaths of Elizabeth and Katie, who is known locally as Liz. Katie is thought to be the youngest of two daughters who lived in the home with Edwards. She also reportedly has another daughter, Mary, who is older and lives elsewhere.

So far, police have not named the two teenagers that have been arrested for the double murder, as they are protected due to their ages.

Friends and neighbors have left floral tributes outside the home. Edward’s partner, Graham Green, reportedly posted a photo of them together with a message paying tribute to her on his Facebook page. Reportedly, Edwards meant the world to him.

“She was my rock and I was her grumpy Graham, and Katie, so young, lots of good times in front of us have been taken away. RIP.”

Reportedly, on Sunday the police remained on guard outside the home where Edwards and her daughter were found dead on Friday. A broken window in the home, possibly relating to the double murders, has been boarded up.

According to a report by the Mirror Online, neighbors were apparently reluctant to speak about the double murders, with one who commented anonymously, “It’s just too much. We can’t bear it. They were so lovely and we are all in shock.”

“We just need to be left alone so we can grieve.”

According to Lucy Nelson, 32, who lives close by, they were a quiet family and no one ever heard of any trouble from them.

Superintendent Paul Timmins of the local police said, “The events that unfolded in Spalding have understandably generated a great deal of local concern and upset.”

He went on to say they he would like to make it clear this type of crime is extremely rare and not something they often see, adding, “Indeed, we believe this is a completely isolated incident.”

“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.”

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

Police are reportedly continuing to conduct forensic investigations at the house.

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