Spalding double murder charge: Teenagers appear in court

Elizabeth Edwards and Katie Edwards
Image caption Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and her daughter Katie, 13, were found dead on Friday

Two 14-year-olds accused of murdering a woman and her daughter in Lincolnshire have appeared in court.

The bodies of Elizabeth Edwards, 49, and her 13-year-old daughter Katie were found at their home in Dawson Avenue in Spalding on Friday afternoon.

Neighbours said they had last seen Ms Edwards, a dinner lady at a local primary school, on Tuesday 12 April.

The teenagers, a boy and a girl, were remanded at Lincoln Crown Court into secure accommodation until 27 June.

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During the five-minute hearing, the accused pair spoke only to confirm their names. They appeared before a youth court earlier.

Post-mortem examinations on the victims are due to be carried out shortly.

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Image caption The bodies were found in Dawson Avenue, Spalding
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Image caption A friend of Katie's described her as being "like a sister" and Ms Edwards as a second mother

Det Ch Insp Martin Holvey, who is leading the inquiry, has appealed for anyone who was in the Dawson Avenue area from about 12:00 BST on Wednesday 13 April to the same time on Friday to contact the police.

Posting on Facebook, Ms Edwards' partner Graham Green wrote: "My babe has gone but you will always be in my heart forever and ever and ever."

A friend of Katie's described her as being "like a sister" and Ms Edwards as a second mother.

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Image caption Flowers have been left outside the house
Image caption Local churchman Mike Chesher paid tribute to the mother and daughter

The Reverend Mike Chesher, vicar at St Paul's Church in Spalding, where Ms Edwards used to help with children's clubs, said both mother and daughter would be "greatly missed".

He said he had known them for more than four years.

Ms Edwards was "a genuine, committed person with such integrity", he said.

"Liz was just invaluable, she was so committed, reliable and very good with the children.

"Katie was just the most wonderful, gentle, loving, fabulous 13-year-old girl - just so genuine, just so gentle and honest, just a wonderful girl."

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