the horrified children of a woman stabbed to death at home ran to their aunt’s house to raise the alarm, a neighbour has revealed.
Sharon Knapper, aged 39, was attacked in her home on Wednesday morning.
Just moments before emergency services arrived at the scene her three sons were seen running to their aunt’s house on the opposite side of Tapton View Road in Chesterfield.
Sharon was found seriously injured and was rushed to Chesterfield Royal Hospital, but later died from the extent of her injuries.
Police arrested a 41-year-old man in Staveley half-an-hour after arriving at the house.
He was still in custody yesterday being quizzed about the attack.
Shocked neighbours said they were devastated at Sharon’s death.
Barbara Wright, 41, who lives opposite, said: “I feel very sad and very shocked. Sharon was really nice.
“She had three sons and was a good mum. At 8.25am on the morning this all happened I saw her three sons run to her sister’s house further up the road.
“Then they all went to Sharon’s house with her mum too, who also lives on the same street. Shortly afterwards the police and ambulance arrived.”
Neighbour John Brown said locals were devastated at Sharon’s death.
“Nobody can believe it. I have watched Sharon and her sister Sue grow up here. They lived with their mum and dad, Marilyn and Bob, and then both got their own homes just a few doors away.
“I was only talking to Sharon and Sue over a week ago in town. We were having a laugh and a joke. That’s what Sharon was like, a great personality and someone with a good sense of humour.
“When I heard all the sirens I thought there had been a road accident but when I looked out and saw them taking Sharon they seemed to be in a massive rush to get her to hospital.
“Our thoughts go out to her family and sons.
“What a time of year for something like this to happen, just before Christmas.”
Friends and relatives laid bouquets of flowers outside Sharon’s house yesterday while forensics experts examined the semi-detached property and police officers carried out door-to-door inquiries.
The crime scene was still cordoned off yesterday and under police guard.
One card left on the floral tributes described Sharon as a ‘dear friend’ and said she would be ‘missed by all’.
Another described her as ‘a fantastic lady and a wonderful mum’.
Louise and Steve Fletcher’s card read: “What a waste of a beautiful woman and brilliant mother. We will miss you.”
Another, addressed to ‘Aunty Shaz’, read ‘Gone but never forgotten’.
* Anyone with information should call Derbyshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.