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Tributes to 'polite and caring' Charlotte Hart

Charlotte Hart went to Spalding High School between September 2008 and July 2015. Credit: Facebook

Tributes have been paid to Charlotte Hart who was shot dead outside a swimming pool in the town yesterday.

It is believed the 19-year-old's father Lance killed both Charlotte and her mum Claire before turning the gun on himself.

In a statement, Spalding High School where she was a student said it was "deeply shocked and saddened" to hear about the death and described her as "an exemplary student in every way".

Charlotte was an exemplary student in every way, who showed incredible kindness and empathy towards others. Charlotte had many close friends and her polite and caring nature endeared her to all who met her. Charlotte was incredibly driven to achieve her dream of studying midwifery at university and was successful in the extremely competitive interview process, where her personal qualities shone through. Academically, Charlotte excelled and her final grades were a tribute to her hard work and dedication. It is our students who make Spalding High School such a unique and special place to be and to lose Charlotte is devastating to us all.

Our thoughts and sincerest condolences are with Charlotte’s brothers, her family and friends at this time.

– Spalding High School

University of Northampton where Charlotte was a student said the teenager was 'well liked and extremely hard working'.

“The students and staff at the University of Northampton are deeply saddened to hear of Charlotte’s death.

“Charlotte was lovely young woman, who’s quiet, friendly manner served her well with her academic studies at University and during her clinical placement with Kettering General Hospital. Charlotte was well liked and extremely hard working throughout her studies; as well as when she was playing for the University of Northampton Students’ Union Lacrosse team.

“Charlotte was a lovely person, who will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends at this difficult time.”

– Mary Huntley, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery at the University of Northampton


Council to offer support for swimming pool staff following shooting

The leader of South Holland District Council has said the Spalding community are 'shocked' by the 'tragic events' that unfolded this morning.

Councillor Gary Porter described the town as 'harmonious and peaceful, with a strong sense of community'.

“On behalf of all Councillors and colleagues I offer my sympathy to those affected by the tragic events this morning. Spalding is a harmonious and peaceful town with a strong sense of community so we are naturally shocked by what appears to be an isolated family incident.

On a practical level, the council will support the police with their investigations.

The incident took place in the grounds of the Castle Sports swimming pool which is of course closed until further notice. No members of staff were directly involved in the incident however we will be offering support to colleagues that work at the swimming pool.”

– Councillor Gary Porter, South Holland District Council


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