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Killer flies in to revenge on a take terrible 'lovely family'.


NEIGHBOURS have paid tribute to a murdered mum who "lived for her family".

Carol Berry, 66, of Bradley Road was stabbed to death after her daughter's ex-partner reportedly jetted into the country from the continent in what police say was a "targeted" and "domestic-related" attack.

On Saturday blood could be seen on the white door of the semi-detached bungalow and yesterday the scene remained cordoned off.

Police halted their investigations after the 40-year-old attacker's body was found in Manchester.

He had driven 30 miles and leapt to his death from the top floor of a car park in Hanover Street, Manchester.

In a macabre twist he had used his fingertips to write "F*** you Claire" on the car park wall.

Mrs Berry's daughter was named locally as Claire Tootill.

Her 36-year-old son, named locally as Andrew Fields, suffered wounds to his neck and hands in the attack and was admitted to hospital, although his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Recalling Mrs Berry, one neighbour told the Examiner: "She was a lovely woman who lived for her family.

"She would say 'Hello' when I was out walking the dog. They were quite private and would keep themselves to themselves but they seemed a nice family.

"It's terrible what's happened to them and everyone here is thinking of them."

Another neighbour watched the emergency operation unfold.

She said: "We saw the blue lights and noticed that the son was outside the house being helped to an ambulance.

"They had a sort of pressure pad on his neck and they were treating him at the scene.

"There were no sirens with one of the ambulances and it's sad but that must have been the one with the lady in it."

The 40-year-old attacker is yet to be formally identified by police.

The body of the man was discovered not long after midnight and police quickly confirmed their investigation was at an end and that no one else was involved.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "Detectives investigating the murder of a woman in Huddersfield have confirmed they are not seeking anyone else in connection with the inquiry after a man was found dead in Manchester.

"While a formal identification of the man is still to take place, officers believe he is a 40-year-old man whose identity is known to them."

The killer was not thought to have links to the West Yorkshire area.

Last night, a police officer was still stationed at the house.

The West Yorkshire Police spokesman said officers were liaising with Greater Manchester Police.

"It is believed he had fallen from the roof," the force said.

"The death is not believed to be suspicious."

Timetable Friday, March 6, 6.39pm: Police called to Bradley Road to a report that a man and a woman were being attacked. 7pm: Ambulances take injured son Andrew Fields, 36, to hospital. 7.15pm - 7.30pm: Schoolboys walking their dogs discover a discarded knife in nearby St Thomas' Gardens. 10.15pm: Police confirm the death of the 66-year-old female victim.

Saturday 12.15am: West Yorkshire Police liaise with Manchester colleagues following the discovery of a body near a car park in Manchester. Saturday 1pm: Police confirm that their investigation is at an end and they are not looking for anyone in connection with the murder.

Sunday 8pm: The victim is identified as Carol Berry. Police have not yet named the man who died in Manchester.


FATAL FALL: Hanover Street car park in Manchester where the killer leapt to his death after killing Carol Berry in Bradley CHILLING: Killer's message in blood at car park CORDONED OFF: Police seal off the murder scene at the home of Carol Berry on Bradley Road
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 8, 2010
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