Worcester Police Are Investigating a House Attack That Killed a Mother and Critically Injured Her Daughter

A murder inquiry has been began after a mother was killed and her daughter sustained life-threatening injuries during an attack at a Worcester home.

Wendy Francis, 61, was praised by family members as “one in a million” after her death on Saturday night.

Mrs Francis was attacked in a residence with another woman, believed to be her daughter and known locally as Stacey Hill.

Mrs Francis’ family acknowledged her death in a statement given by West Mercia Police on Sunday, albeit she has not yet been properly named.

“Wendy will be hugely missed; she was one in a million and much-loved,” said friends and family.

Ms Hill, a 38-year-old mother of two, was rushed to the hospital and remains in critical condition.

Worcester Police Are Investigating a House Attack That Killed a Mother and Critically Injured Her Daughter

A 50-year-old man was arrested on charges of murder and attempted murder. He remains in police detention.

The semi-detached house where the attack occurred was sealed off on Sunday while forensic officers investigated areas outside the residence.

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Andy Fowler, 62, who has lived on Haresfield Close his entire life, described Mrs Francis and her daughter as “good people” and claimed he had known her since he was a child.

“It has always been a good street,” he went on to say.

“I saw the ambulance working on somebody and the police were holding a blanket around it, so I knew that something serious was going on.”

“I know them very well. They are very good friends of mine. I have known Wendy since I was a kid. I am very shocked. I can’t believe it. They are all good people.”

Another neighbor, who wanted not to be named but is in his 70s, said:

“We’ve been here for 25 years and never had any bother, it’s a lovely quiet street.”

“We’re shocked, we wouldn’t have expected it.”

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Following Mrs Francis’ death, police stated that there was no greater risk to the community.

Det Chief Insp Leighton Harding of the Major Investigation Unit stated:

“I understand that incidents of this nature can be alarming, but I would like to reassure the local community that this was an isolated incident and there is no wider risk to the public.”

“You will notice a higher police presence in the area in the coming days as officers investigate this incident.”

“Our thoughts are with the family of the woman who has sadly lost her life.”

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