am so very sorry for the dragic death of Marion Bates. I dont
understand why people feel that they can take away lives because
they feel like it. I have walked passed the shop on several
occassions meaning to go in, but i never did. Now, i wish i
had just to have met this wonderful wife and mother who had
such a big heart and such courage to take her own life to save
her daughters. My thoughts are with the family.
Leanne Knight, Top Valley
a brave and wonderful mother and lady; We would all hope to
have her courage and dedication if; God forbid; we should find
ourselves in similiar cicumstances. The Lord God almighty blessed
this family in giving them such a courageous; Mother.
James & Ann Hamilton, Scotland
crime just makes me so angry. Hopefully the police will find
the murderers, but, with our current system, we won't ever find
out about the murderer or what was in their mind to think they
had they had the right to do this for a bit of money. We punish
without understanding, and never demand an explanation from
criminals. I just want to know about the person who did this
and know what they thought of the human beings they destroyed.
I don't want to meet them in 10 years time after early release,
still not understanding how they think. Sorry this was long,
I don't know why but this family have suffered so much and I
feel something good must come from this.
a former Arnold resident, I well remember the old town and the
local, homely stores. My heart goes out to the family of Marion
and I hope that the offenders are soon caught.
John Boaden, Dallas, TX, USA
am sorry for your family Mr. Bates. I wish these crimes did
not take place, but they do. My Condolences to your family.
R. Melville, Midland, Texas. USA
heart goes out to all the Bates family after a loss to them
that will effect them forever yet happened so quickly and at
the end of the day was just so pointless. I run the nearby bookmakers
in Arnold and have felt vunerable for the last couple of years
working there as you feel like a sitting target, we all need
to stand together in force to ensure that the tragic events
of marians death never ever happens again.
David Morley, Arnold
deep sorrow felt by the residents of Arnold, can be felt around
the country. God Bless the Bates family and may they find strenghth
in each other to help them through their grief. We are all thinking
of you and praying for justice and Peace.
Kathryn, Rob, Joseph & Rebekah, Arnold
was very shocked to hear of the shooting in Arnold and send
my sympathy to the family.
thoughts and prayers are with the Bates family and friends at
such a sad time. What is happening to the World we live in,
why are there such evil people that will stop at nothing to
get what they want? Rest in peace Marian, God will watch over
Wendy, Mark, Craig and Adam, Calverton
am the National field sales manager for Timex Corporation, l
have called on the above shop for over 20 years. Mrs Bates was
the most wonderful person you could ever meet, alway's a smile,
made me lunch on every visit, endless cup's of coffee. Marian
knick named me Terry Timex and since then the name has stuck
were ever l go. I cannot express my anger and total shock of
last week. my reason for e-mailing is that l wish to attend
the funeral of Marion, but do not wish to contact the family
as yet, give them more time.
Terry Jenkins, Hull
a mother of 2 young children I fully understand the reasons
for Marian sacrificing herself for her child. Pure love has
no boundaries. Keep her love alive between you as a family xxx.
my church here in Perth Western Australia a prayer was said
for Marion Bates. I was in her class at school Deepest wishes
the Bates family, Our family's thoughts are with yours.
wanted to send my sincere thoughts to the family of Marion Bates.
Althought I never knew this family, My heart goes out to each
one of them at such a tragic and painful time. I just hope that
they can eventually take some comfort in knowing my outrage
at such a dispicable crime, on such a law abiding citizen, who
was only trying to protect her family as any decent human being
would. These people must be caught, and maximum punishment incurred.
There are no words that can fully explain how I feel about this
tragic murder, but I just felt I wanted the family to know that
my thoughts have been with them since the tragic event and will
continue to do so forever.
The Wilson family, Sutton-In-Ashfield, Notts.
hope that you can continue to focus your sorrow and pain into
fighting to correct the woeful lack of Police on our street.
By doing this Marian's callous death will not have been in vain.
Our thoughts are with you at this terrible time.
The Heeley family, Woodthorpe View, Arnold
me being a Arnold Lad we can not put into words what a sad loss
this is. Our thoughts and prayers and with the family & Friends.
Its time that words cease and action is taken against all this
John & Sharon Butterworth, Netherfield
I am very sad. When I'm about to start new school my Mum took
me to the Time Centre in Arnold to buy me a new watch we had
a chat with the lady behind the counter and she helped me choose
my watch, as we were leaving she said I was took take care of
it and to be proud of my name as it was a special name. God
Bless. Marian Sannon, Loscoe
thoughts at this dreadful time.
Linda and Greg Smith
am so shocked, so horrified also it was very upset to hear.
Deepest Sympathy on tragic loss of your wife and the both daughers.
Pray to god and ask for help to find your wife killer.
Mohammed Patel, Nuneaton, Warwickshire
am so sorry about Marian, having lived in Carlton and shopped
in Arnold, I know the shop very well and the town too. My mother
used to say to me, God doesn't pay his debts in money. I know
they will catch this man, but no punishment will bring back
Marian. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
thoughts and prayers are with you all at this terrible time.
cannot describe the depth of sorrow I feel for the family of
Marian Bates, they also dont begin to describe the anger I feel
at the criminals who did this and the police and government
for allowing this to happen. My prayers are with Marians family.
thoughts are with the family of Marian Bates, but I wonder what
her family would say, if they had been in Bournemouth this week.
I live in Bournemouth,and,with Labour in town for the week,
the area around the conferance centre has been swamped with
police,police with guns on view, police with dogs, police everywhere,but
where are they the other 51 weeks of the year???? What I found
disgusting was the main road into Bournemouth, there were teams of
police motorcyclists travelling in relays, squad cars, unmarked
vehicles ,police with clipboards, and a van with a speed camera
in the back,pulling over motorists,presumeably for breaking
the 50mph speed limit.Day after day after day. TOTALLY OVER
THE TOP.....But I guess motorists are such an easy target as
opposed to the thug in the street. It's about time the politicians
had to endure the SAME LEVEL OF POLICING AS THE REST OF US--AND
SEE HOW SAFE THEY FEEL. How would they react if the next time
in Bournemouth there were only half a dozen police on the beat
and a couple of squad cars to protect them!! Mr Blunkett needs
to walk around the streets of Britain, and count how many police
he can find.
words can help you but our thoughts and prayers are with you
all. we need actoin not words from this government god bless
Sue & Joe, St Anns
Victor and Family. My name is Helen Smith I am sure you remember
my late husband Ken he was in Rotary with you. I just cannot
take in what has happened to Marian. It will be very hard for
you all and will take a long time to come to terms with, i hope
the police catch these men and throw away the key. We really
do need more Police men on the beat, your daughters are very
brave my thoughts are with them. You will find if you think
about all the good times it will make you feel better and i
am a believer that our loved one's are never far away from us,
you will meet up again one day. I can hardly see the screen
on my computer i feel so very sad for you all, a lot of people
have cried for you all, be strong and you will one day get through,
i have been there it is six years this next February since Ken
died and i still feel as if he is coming home. I sence him
with me sometimes. God Bless you all.
am very saddened by your tragic loss. The stories I here about
the lawlessness of my old home town obviously appear to be true.
It is unfortunate that politicians and thugs alike put money
before human lives.
Dave Else, Auckland, New Zealand
lived in Lambley for over 25 years and used to shop in Arnold
every week, and often visited the shop, and the whole family
were always so pleasant, cheerful and helpful, its so sad for
the whole community, as well as the family, such a waste of
sad that gun crime seems to be on the rise in Nottingham...but
a story like this brings home the real heartache that gun crime
can cause. Something needs to be done and done soon.
a shocking crime and I can't believe it's happened less than
a mile away from my home. My thoughts are with the family of
Marian Bates at this time.
Neil, Warren Hill
was something that truly shocked everyone i've spoken to...
it seems so needless.
of you all our love from the Greys.
feel so sad for your loss and so angry at the same time. These
sub-humans who killed your mother WILL be caught and when they
are I hope the judge shows them no mercy. thinking of you at
sincere condolences. That something like this could happen
in Nottingham is very hard to believe, our thoughts and prayers
are with the family. God bless you all and give you peace.
Marie & Peter, Eastwood
can not say enough my heart goes out to you all in your grief.
I can only hope that these animals are caught soon and get their
would like to send thoughts of condolence to the family of the
lady murdered in arnold perhaps its time to think again of a
more servere punishment because prison is just not enough.
name is Rebecca Barnaby i live in arnold just round the corner
from the Time Centre, i didnt know marian but i send my depest
simthany and i hope they catch the people that killed her.
Rebecca Barnaby, 14, Redhill school
heart and prayer's go out to you all. From the crammond family.
heart goes out to the whole family. I never thought that something
like this would ever happen in the community of Arnold it is
normally a pleasant place to live and it has shocked us all.
I hope that the killers are caught soon and punished severly.
used to work at Home Brewery,and bought my wife gifts from Marrian's
shop.The fact that this can happen on our streets is an absolute
disgrace, an affront to the British way of life.If any good
can come from this awful business it will be that this crime
startles a complacent government into taking the kind of action
needed to get this rubbish of our streets.
Ian Carrington Hilton, Derbyshire
to hear of your sad loss, it has shocked the people of nottingham
very hard and everyones thoughts are with you all, such a horriffic
thing to happen to such a lovely and brave lady.
Miss J Holford, Warren Hill, Arnold
many more innocent people are going to die before something
is done. This government asks for help from other countries
as to how to combat the violence this country is currently going
through from mindless thugs. Nothing ever happens. Yes we do
need to see police back on the streets and to see the courts
giving sentences that deserve the crime and meaning it, but
what we really need is zero tolerance. If people have nothing
to hide then they should have no objection to being stopped.
When this does happen all we hear about is 'what about human
rights'. What about the victims human rights? The scum who have
murdered Marian Bates do not deserve any human rights. Having
seen Marians family on television, you have to admire their
strength as it is heartbreaking to see a family so distraught
with grief and yes it is time to stand up and be counted. I
live in Arnold, having moved here 6 years ago. It is a welcoming,
friendly place to live. Now it is difficult to explain the sense
of loss that is felt around the area. Everyone is in shock that
something like this can happen in our town. They are also very
angry at such a waste of life. It is now time for the police
to go after the real criminals and not the easy targets of motorists,
where cameras do most of the work anyway. My thoughts, prayers
and sympathies are with Victor, Xanthe, Naomi and other members
of the family. God keep them safe and help them through this
could this happen to you? I remember you at school and in your
Arnold shop. God Bless. Thoughts and sympathy to your family.
From Jacqueline Radford nee Benton - ex pupil Guilford School
a brave thing to do,Such an awful way to go! Our thoughts are
with all the family, at this awful time. know one deserves what
you three went through and certaily know one deserved to die.
Hopefully time will heal a little, but this will never be forgotten.
God bless you all,
Kelly & Sid-Bestwood
a sensless waste of life. Just what is this country coming to?
thoughts are with you during this very sad time.
Alan and Margaret
I do not know you personally I felt I had to let you know that
you are in my family's thoughts, we are totally horrified at
the crime you have suffered. Wishing you strength to cope with
this tragedy in your lives and sending you very sincere condolences for
the loss of a wife and mother.
cannot understand what on earth go though a persons mind when
they can take a life in this manner, I am sorry to say for the
first time in my whole life I would like to see the death penalty.
I hope in my hart of harts that the person/s responsible for
this horrific crime come to the same conclusion that I have,
and have the respect for Marion and come forward and take there
so called punishment.
Mrs Karen Spencer
wife and I watched with horror the news story about the murder
of your mother on Em/today news.I am Mike and I was born in
Nott'm and lived not far from Arnold at Mapperley. I moved to
Jersey c.i 37 years ago but always remember my roots. Please
accept condolences from my wife and myself. We are thinking
of you at this terrible time and will remember you in prayer.
We hope that the police catch this wicked person SOON. Many
Mike and Vanessa in Jersey
have never met the Marian, but feel through this dreadful news,
that I have. My deepest sympathy goes to Marian's family in
their sad loss. An innocent person had her life ended in this
shocking way and hope the police get all the help they need
to catch these wicked people. Ann, Bramcote (a mum and grandmother).
Victor, Xanthe and Naomi: I am shocked and stunned by the news
of Marian's death on Tuesday. I just read of the events in BBC
online. What are terrible tragedy for such a wonderful family.
You are all so special and dear to us and we will say a prayer
in Marian's memory on Sunday. Your cousins in America, Mike
sad loss of Marian will be felt for a long time in Arnold and
our love and prayers are with her family.
Janet & Michael Jackson, Arnold.
a shocking event to happen. My thoughts go out to Marians
family and friends, God Bless. Kevin from Rainworth, Nottingham
have lived in Arnold my whole life (23 years), very close to
the Time Centre. I often visited the shop to buy gifts for friends
and family. It really was a special shop. It was made special
by the family who owned and worked in the shop. Always helpful,
and always really friendly. I simply can not beleive what has
happened. I am so shocked, so horrified, words really can not
express what I and the rest of Arnold and Nottingham are feeling.
I simply can not imagine the pain and shock you are in. How
can this happen to such a honest, kind family, in our town?
I am outraged and utturley heart broken. My heart goes out
to the whole family. I am thinking and praying for you all.
I simply can not imagine what you are going through. I know
there are no words that can console you, no actions that can
heal the pain, but I hope that in some way the love and support
that the whole of the country has for you, and especially the
communites where you live and work, can help in some way. We
are all thinking of you. With love and prayers,
Joanna Hudson and family, Worcester Road, Nottingham
and all my family wish to say how sorry we are that you have
to bear this terrible grief.We can only hope that her death
will give a new impetus to getting rid of gun crime in this
God bless you all, Keith.W. Naylor
am shocked to learn of Marian's untimely death. I live in B.C.
Canada now but I went to Guilford Girls' School with Marian
in the 1950's. When my husband and I were in Nottingham in
June of this year, we had a reunion with a few of our old school
mates and Marian was there. We had a long conversation with
her and enjoyed her company. She seemed so full of life and
was living life to the full, speaking of her travels etc. Our heartfelt
condolensces go out to her family and although we are many miles
away, we are thinking of them and Marian. God Bless.
sympathy on the tragic loss of your wife, our hearts go out
to your family.
Love Carol and Peter, Arnold
would like to offer my sincere condolence to the family of Marion
Bates. I would like to see hanging brought back for people who
MURDER someone in cold blood as these thugs did.The sentences
some of these Judges hand out are not a deterrent to these people,
it makes me so angry!!!!