Sheffield man charged with double murder over deaths of Shirebrook woman and her mother

Police at the scene of the double murder

Police at the scene of the double murder

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A Sheffield man has tonight been charged with two murders over the deaths of two women at a house in Shirebrook.

Christopher Whelan, aged 20, of Dransfield Road, Crosspool, Sheffield, is to appear at Chesterfield Justice Centre tomorrow in connection with the killings of a woman and her mother.

Whelan has been charged with the murders of Julie Hill and her mother Rose Hill at a house in Station Road on Thursday, February 25.

Police and paramedics were called to the house at about 10.10pm on Friday, February 26.

The bodies were found inside.

Ms Hill, 51, lived at the address while her 75-year-old mother lived in Sheffield. Mr Whelan, of Dransfield Road, Sheffield, 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.

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

One resident said a 'polite and friendly' woman who went out walking with her dogs had lived at the property where the bodies were found.

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.

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