Tributes paid to Derbyshire murder victim

Friends and neighbours have paid tribute to a woman murdered in Derbyshire village and her husband left with serious injuries.

By Jon Ball
Sunday, 16th January 2022, 9:17 pm

Ambulance crews were called to Langwith Junction, near Shirebook, yesterday, Saturday, at 9.30am, after receiving reports of a couple with serious injuries.

When they arrived at a house on Station Road, they found the woman dead and her husband badly hurt.

He was rushed to hospital where he is being treated for ‘life-threatening injuries’.

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Flowers at the crime scene on Station Road, Langwith Junction.

The woman who died has been named locally as 86-year-old Freda Walker while her husband Kenneth, a former mayor of Bolsover, sat on Shirebrook Town Council, representing Shirebrook Langwith Ward.

Mr Walker, a retired mining safety inspector who celebrated his 88th birthday on Thursday, remains in intensive care with life-threatening injuries.

A dog walker, who passes through Station Road every Sunday, said: “They were very nice people.

An archive photo of Ken and Freda Walker.

“Kenneth used to be a local councillor heavily involved in the area.

“They were always a nice couple and ready to speak to you. I spoke to Mrs Walker regularly as I walk the dog through here – more so in the summer.

“I just knew them as a inviting and lovely couple.”

A neighbour said: “Ken and Freda were devoted to each other. This has shocked everyone who knew them.”

A tearful well-wisher, who was seen delivering flowers at the property, said: “He [Kenneth] worked in the pit for years. It is very sad.

“They were a lovely couple.

“They are in a dark area with their house being beside an alleyway.

“That’s where whoever broke-in came from I think. The back of the house is pitch black at night.”

A message on flowers from the same neighbour, said: “To the best friend anyone could ever have had in their lives, I shall miss you so much.

“I can’t believe this has happened to the nicest person on this earth.”