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Family 'devastated' at murders

Relatives of a murdered mother and daughter have paid tribute to the two women as "integral cogs" in a "close-knit family".

Avon lady Angela Holgate, 54, and her 75-year-old mother Alice Huyton were found by a relative at Mrs Holgate's home near Southport, Merseyside, on Saturday evening.

Police now want to speak to her lodger, 51-year-old Barry Morrow, who has been spotted in France.

Mrs Huyton's son John - brother to Mrs Holgate - said the family was "bewildered and devastated at the loss of two very special people".

Post-mortem examinations revealed both women died from asphyxiation. Mr Huyton has now appealed for Mr Morrow, who may be travelling to Spain, to return to the UK.

"Alice Huyton and her daughter, Angela Holgate, were integral cogs in our close knit family," he said in a statement.

"Both Alice and Angela were very popular and led active lives and had many friends. They meant so much in the eyes of different family members and held the roles of: great-grandmother, grandmother, mother, wife, aunty, sister and sister-in-law.

"The sad loss has had a severe impact on the whole family."

Mrs Huyton had been married to her husband Jim for 55 years, with Angela their only daughter.

"Jim is distraught at the loss of the 'love of his life', Alice, who was his 'rock'," John Huyton added. "They had been married for 55 years, having known each other since childhood. Angela was their only daughter."


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