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Man charged after murder of Christian woman

Sat 26 Mar 2016
By Aaron James

A man's been charged with the murder of a Christian woman and one other in North Yorkshire.

34-year-old Alan Bennett from Lingholme in Redcar was arrested by Cleveland Police on Wednesday and later charged with the murders of 46-year-old Lynne Freeman and 30-year-old Jodie Betteridge in Redcar.

Lynne Freeman (above, left) died following an attack on Wednesday, with Jodie Betteridge dying after a second assault which happened just minutes later.

Mrs Freeman volunteered with Redcar Beacons (below), a project part of the Christian Nightlife Initiative similar to Street Pastors, and was also active in her local church.

She was a mother of four, while Jodie Betteridge was also a mother.

Redcar Beacons


Redcar Beacons


Mrs Freeman's children issued a statement through police which said: "We shouldn't have to be writing a tribute to our mother who was taken from us so early. She should still be here to watch her four kids and grandkids grow.

"She was thriving in life and loved the volunteer work that she did in her church, and as a street angel for Redcar Beacons, always putting others before herself. She adored every one of her children and loved being a Grandma.

"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."

Paying tribute to Miss Betteridge, Theresa Largan, 51, said: "Jodie lived for her kids.

"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."

Alan Bennett was remanded in custody at Teesside Magistrates Court on Saturday, and will appear in the crown court on Tuesday.

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