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Tributes to mother and daughter killed in their own home

Published 13/06/2016

Merseyside Police have launched a murder investigation
Merseyside Police have launched a murder investigation

Tributes have been paid to a mother and daughter killed in their own home.

The victims, named locally as Karen and Jade Hales, were found around 9.50am today at the house in Cathedral Road in the Anfield area of Liverpool.

A 42-year-old man is in custody on suspicion of double murder.

The suspect, from Anfield, is believed to live nearby and was arrested in the city at 11am today.

Police have not yet formally identified either woman but said both suffered an assault. A post-mortem is yet to take place to establish cause of death.

Loved ones of the victims arrived at the street this morning to be greeted by a heavy police presence and forensic investigators in boiler suits.

Several family members, apparently only just finding out the news, stood in tears, one woman running down the street, head in hands, howling, while others stood hugging eachother, crying in silence.

They were ushered into police cars before being driven away.

Locals said Jade, 28, looked after her mother as her full-time carer and was seen regularly walking her dog, Tyson, a Staffordshire Bull terrier. The dog was also found dead at the property.

Samantha Parkin, 25, the young victim's friend said she was in contact with her last night via Instagram messaging.

Ms Parkin, who broke down in tears, said: "She stopped messaging me last night about half seven.

"She was bubbly, she was funny, she was dozy, she was kind.

"She would do anything for anyone. She loved everyone who came into contact with her.

"It's the worst thing that has ever happened to me. I'm going to miss her."

Ellie Bleasdale added: "She was a lovely girl, wouldn't hurt a fly, a sound girl."

A spokesman for Merseyside Police said, although formal identification of the bodies is yet to take place, the occupants' next of kin have been informed and specially trained detectives are providing the family with support.

The force said detectives are initially treating the incident as domestic-related but extensive inquiries remain ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

Anyone with information which could help the police investigation is asked to call Liverpool CID on 0151 777 4027 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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