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Hartlepool United defender Romoney Crichlow-Noble thanks public for "immense support" after mother killed in Barbados

Romoney Crichlow-Noble, 20, is on loan from Huddersfield Credit: MI News & Sport

Hartlepool United defender Romoney Crichlow-Noble, 20, is being comforted by his team mates after his mother was attacked and killed in Barbados.

Natalie Crichlow, 44, was visiting family in the West Indies when she was doused in flammable liquid and set alight by unknown intruder in a bedroom on July 28.

Romoney Crichlow-Noble has thanked friends, family and sports fans for their “immense” support.

The player, who is on loan at the North East side from Huddersefield Town, tweeted: “Honestly the support my family and I have received the last week has been immense, I can only thank not only the people around me but also all the fans. Thank you!”

Ms Crichlow, who had survived cancer twice and had two strokes in the past decade, was on a trip to help look after her disabled brother.

No arrests have been made, a spokesman for the Royal Barbados Police Force said.

Hartlepool United’s chief executive Mark Maguire said that everyone at the football club was “devastated” by the death and they are offering sincere condolences andsupport to the player.

As always in circumstances like this, we will be guided by Rom and his family in anything we do or say publicly but it is important that he knows we consider him part of our family and, as such, we will do all we can to help.

To Rom’s huge credit he has insisted on continuing to work hard in training and has been exemplary in his commitment since the terrible news. His family should be suitably proud of him.

We know that there is a fundraising effort to help repatriate Rom’s Mum and would urge anybody who feels it appropriate to get behind those efforts. As a Club, we will certainly make a donation accordingly.

Several members of our squad have challenges in recent months with bereavement and I’m proud that, as a club, we pull together in a way thatdemonstrates what Hartlepool United should be about.

Our continued thoughts and support are with Rom at this difficult time.

– Hartlepool United chief executive Mark Maguire

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "Our staff are supporting the family of a British woman following her death in Barbados, and are in contact with the Barbados police force."