Teesside double deaths: Man arrested for murder

Mapleton Crescent scene
Image caption Police officers remain at the scene at Mapleton Crescent

Two women have been killed in separate attacks just minutes apart, police have said.

The first woman, aged 46, was found seriously injured at a house in Mapleton Crescent in Redcar, Teesside, at about 20:45 GMT on Wednesday.

At 20:52, seven minutes later, officers received reports a second woman, 30, was being attacked in nearby Byland Close, Cleveland Police said.

A 34-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder.

Image caption A forensic tent has been set up outside a house in Byland Close

Both scenes, which are less than a mile apart, have been cordoned off and officers remain in the area.

One resident of Mapleton Crescent said that the victim was elderly and had lived in the bungalow for about a year.

"She is disabled, I think - carers come and go," she said.

Another neighbour Dora Gillespie, 74, said: "It's very, very shocking. We've not had owt like this round here."

In Byland Close a forensic tent had been set up outside one of the properties.

At the scene: Jonathan Swingler, BBC Look North

I don't think I've ever seen such a large police cordon as the one in place at Byland Close.

I've been told this second attack took place outside and was by all accounts rather gruesome.

According to neighbours the victim was a woman in her 20s, had three children, and had lived in the area for 10 years.

Police have told me they will be releasing more information shortly.

A Byland Close resident said: "I just came out and saw an ambulance and there was a body covered with a blanket."

Toys could be seen in the rear garden of the house, which was close to playing fields, and a bunch of flowers had been left near the scene paying tribute to a victim and her "beautiful" children.

Anna Turley, the MP for Redcar, tweeted: "Thoughts & heartfelt condolences are with families of the victims of last night's murders, particularly the children."

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