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Man charged with murder of two women in Redcar

A 34-year-old man will appear in court later charged with the murder of two women in separate attacks in Redcar.

Lynne Freeman, 46, and 30-year-old Jodie Betteridge (r) were killed on Wednesday. Credit: Cleveland Police

Lynne Freeman, 46, and 30-year-old Jodie Betteridge were killed on Wednesday.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: "A 34 year old man arrested on suspicion of the murder of two women in Redcar on Wednesday has now been charged with two counts of murder."

Mrs Freeman's children, Sarah Helm, 28, James Helm, 27, Kimberley Helm, 25 and 18-year-old Lauren Freeman, previously said their mother always put others before herself.

She wore her heart on her sleeve, always made an effort for people and she really would go the extra mile. She gave so much and never asked for anything in return and we'll always be proud of her.

You are loved beyond words and an amazing soul never dies, you'll never understand how much you will be missed.

Our mother was always the angel looking after others but now the angels are looking after her. We love you so much mam.

– Statement from Mrs Freeman's children

Paying tribute to Miss Betteridge, Theresa Largan said she was like one of her own children.

"Jodie lived for her kids," she said. "I don't think I ever saw her on her own, she always had the tribe with her. I just want the family to know that we are all thinking of her and them."

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