Man charged with murder of two women in Redcar

A 34-year-old man has been charged with the murders of two women in Redcar.

Saturday, 26th March 2016, 8:45 am
Updated Monday, 28th March 2016, 1:35 pm

The suspect was arrested by Cleveland Police on Wednesday and later charged with the murders of 46-year-old Lynne Freeman and 30-year-old Jodie Betteridge.

He will appear at Teesside Magistrates Court on Saturday, Cleveland Police said.

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A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "A 34 year old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of two women in Redcar on Wednesday has now been charged with two counts of murder."

Mrs Freeman's children - Sarah Helm, 28, James Helm, 27, Kimberley Helm, 25 and Lauren Freeman,18, previously said their mother always put others before herself.

In a statement issued through police they said: "We shouldn't have to be writing a tribute to our mother who was taken from us so early. She should still be here to watch her four kids and grandkids grow.

"She was thriving in life and loved the volunteer work that she did in her church, and as a street angel for Redcar Beacons, always putting others before herself. She adored every one of her children and loved being a Grandma.

"She wore her heart on her sleeve, always made an effort for people and she really would go the extra mile. She gave so much and never asked for anything in return and we'll always be proud of her.

"You are loved beyond words and an amazing soul never dies, you'll never understand how much you will be missed. Our mother was always the angel looking after others but now the angels are looking after her. We love you so much mam."

Paying tribute to Miss Betteridge, Theresa Largan, 51, said she was like one of her own children.

"Jodie lived for her kids," she said. "I don't think I ever saw her on her own, she always had the tribe with her. I just want the family to know that we are all thinking of her and them."

A floral tribute for Miss Betteridge was left near the scene at Byland Close. The flowers dedicated to her said that "thoughts are with your beautiful children".