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Tribute to 'kind and gentle' mother of four murdered in Heywood

Linda Parker

The family of a mother of four who was murdered in Heywood have paid tribute to a 'gentle and kind' woman.

51 year old Linda Parker was discovered on Monday at a property on Atholl Drive. Officers and paramedics were called to the scene following concerns for her welfare.

Paying tribute to her, Linda’s four children, said:

“Linda was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend. She could often be seen walking her small dog Toby, who she loved very much.

“She was the most gentle and kind person you could hope to meet, a big softie who loved her family so much.

“We're devastated that she has been taken from us before her time, in such an unspeakable way.

“We'd like to thank our family, friends and the community for all of their love and support.

“We will miss our mum forever. We'll keep her alive in our hearts.

“As a family we would request privacy during this very difficult time.”

– Family tribute

A 51 year old man has been charged with her murder.

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Man arrested for glueing door locks

Marlor Court Credit: Google Maps

A man has been arrested after a number of front doors were glued shut in Heywood.

Between 7pm on Monday October 24 and 8am on Tuesday October 25, a number of houses were targeted on Marlor Court and the surrounding streets in Heywood and the locks had been glued with super-glue.

Police have identified a total of 64 victims so far.

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and remains in police custody for questioning.

Inspector Andrew Fern of GMP’s Rochdale Borough, said:

We are continuing to work closely with Rochdale Boroughwide Housing to make sure the impact on the residents of the area is minimised.

Gluing locks is extremely dangerous and has caused a huge amount of distress to the victims, who worry how they would escape their home in the event of a fire or other emergency.

I would like to thank those who have already contacted us but encourage those that haven’t to report any suspicions or information to us as soon as possible.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 8701 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

– Inspector Andrew Fern
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