Hereford & Worcester

Book in memory of stabbed former teacher Betty Yates

Betty Yates
Image caption Betty Yates was found at her home

A book of condolence has been set up in memory of a retired schoolteacher found dead in her Worcestershire home.

Betty Yates, 77, who was born in Birmingham, was discovered at the foot of the stairs at her house near Bewdley on 4 January.

She had been stabbed in the neck, an inquest at Worcestershire Coroners Court was told on Thursday. The hearing was opened and adjourned until 1 March.

The book has been placed next to a candle at St Anne's church in Bewdley.

Police were alerted by a friend who was concerned for the widow's welfare.

A knife, believed to be the murder weapon, was recovered at the scene.

The cause of death was given provisionally as stab wounds to the neck at the inquest following a post-mortem examination.

Coroner Geraint Williams released the body of Mrs Yates back to the family for a funeral service.

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