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MURDER: Head teacher pays tribute
TRIBUTES have been paid to murdered York estate agent Nicole Waterhouse, by staff and the head of the school she attended.
Garry Garghan, head teacher at Howden School, said staff had fond memories of Miss Waterhouse, 32, who grew up in nearby Breighton.
He said: “Val Walker, learning manager of Year 11 and Jill Pinkney, head of art both remember Nicole as a friendly, sociable student, who was friends with everyone and a very helpful student.
“On behalf of Howden School I wish to express the deepest sympathy of all of us in the school community to the family and friends of Nicole and our shock at the tragic circumstances in which she died.”
Today, as fresh floral tributes were laid at Phoenix Boulevard, the police team dealing with the murder of Miss Waterhouse were praised by senior officers and the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire.
Within hours of the discovery of Miss Waterhouse’s body on Sunday, North Yorkshire Police officers had arrested a suspect - Jeremy Peter Andrew Green.
Green, a 25-year-old former Yorkshire Regiment soldier, was charged with murder, and the attempted murder of her colleague at Hunters Estate Agents, 23-year-old Karen Browne, who suffered serious injuries. She remains in a stable condition at York Hospital.
The investigation is being carried out by the Major Crime Unit, led by Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, which was relaunched by the force last Wednesday.
That day, armed police were sent to Knaresborough, after hoax calls suggested terrorism offences had taken place in the quiet market town. On Friday, a 21-year-old man from the Leeds area was arrested following an MCU investigation.
Chief Constable Dave Jones said: “I hope that recent events have demonstrated the rapid response, skill and expertise North Yorkshire Police can now deploy to such incidents and is greatly encouraging and reassuring to the public that it has been a wise investment.”
PCC Julia Mulligan said the incidents had been “dealt with quickly and effectively”, and the MCU would “keep North Yorkshire safer for years to come”.