Family’s tribute to murdered mothers

Julie Hill and her mother Rose Hill, who were found dead at a house in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, on Friday, February 26. One man faces trial for murder.
Julie Hill and her mother Rose Hill, who were found dead at a house in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, on Friday, February 26. One man faces trial for murder.
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The family of the two women whose bodies were found in Shirebrook have paid tribute to the loving mother and grandmother.

The bodies of Julie Hill, 51, and her mother Rose Hill, 75, were discovered at Julie’s home in Station Road on Friday, February 26.

Families have paid tribute to a mother and daughter who were found dead in Shirebrook.

Families have paid tribute to a mother and daughter who were found dead in Shirebrook.

One man has been charged with double murder.

The family of the two woman have now released a statement through police.

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They said: “The families of Julie and Rose Hill are devastated by the events of the last few days. We have lost two loving mothers, who were in turn a sister, an aunt, a grandmother and dear friends to us all.

“They will forever be in our hearts. The families ask that their privacy be respected now and they are left to grieve in peace.”

Police investigated the crime scene in Station Road, Shirebrook for days afterwards.

Police investigated the crime scene in Station Road, Shirebrook for days afterwards.

Rose Hill lived in Sheffield and was visiting her daughter when the incident occured on Thursday, February 25.

Christopher Whelan, aged 20, of Dransfield Road, Crosspool, Sheffield, appeared at Chesterfield Justice Centre yesterday charged with two counts of murder

Police and paramedics were called to the house at about 10.10pm on Friday, February 26, when the bodies were found inside. Mr Whelan was arrested the day after the discovery.

Ms Hill’s dog, thought to be a terrier, is missing from the house and police are appealing for anyone who knows its whereabouts to get in touch.

Derbyshire Police said Ms Hill owned a dog, believed to be a terrier, which is still missing.

Derbyshire Police said Ms Hill owned a dog, believed to be a terrier, which is still missing.

Local residents described their shock at the deaths at the weekend.

One resident said Ms Hill was a 'polite and friendly' woman who he would see walking her dog.

Jason Knight, 43, of Station Road, said: “This is a nicer area of the town, so it is certainly an unusual thing to happen. There has been nothing like this before.”


Anyone with information, or anyone who knows the whereabouts of the dog, is asked to call Derbyshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 728 of February 26, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.