‘Terrible tragedy’ of former Blunkett aide

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SHEFFIELD MP David Blunkett has described the murder of a former aide as a ‘terrible tragedy’.

Angela Hoyt, aged 34, who worked for the Labour politician when he was Home Secretary, was found strangled in her home in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

The body of her ex-boyfriend Martin Collett, who also used to work for Mr Blunkett, was found a short distance from Angela’s home.

Mr Collett, 35, who was being hunted by police on suspicion of Ms Hoyt’s murder, had thrown himself in front of a train.

Brightside and Hillsborough MP Mr Blunkett said: “It’s a terrible tragedy for Angela and her family.”

He did not wish to comment about Mr Collett.

Miss Hoyt met Mr Collett when they both worked at the Home Office where he was a briefing manager for Mr Blunkett.

Miss Hoyt was a junior member of the media office who took Mr Blunkett’s guide dog for walks.

When the couple moved out of London to new jobs, friends say their relationship fell apart.

Canadian-born Miss Hoyt, who was working for the Red Cross, had just returned from Pakistan where she had been helping victims of the floods.

She is thought to have been strangled some time between May 22 and May 24.

She had reported Mr Collett to police for harassment after he had allegedly posted abusive messages on her Facebook page. Her body was found at the £200,000 cottage she had formerly shared with Mr Collett in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

The body of Mr Collett was found on a railway line less than a mile away, on Friday night.

Miss Hoyt’s twin sister, Ami Watanabe, said: “Martin had a terrible temper.

“They had fights, massive blow-ups.

“Once she said he smacked her across the face. I saw the bruise.”

Miss Watanabe said she had urged her sister not to go home after she returned from Pakistan: “I said, ‘Angela, don’t go home. He could kill you’.

“She said, ‘I have to go home at some point. He won’t kill me’.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Ross, of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Police Major Crime Unit, said: “Now we have found Martin, this brings our search to a conclusion and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with Angela’s death.”