Car death shooting in Crook: Tribute to Jean Blakey

Jean Blakey
Image caption Police are still waiting to make a formal identification of the woman

Tributes have been paid to a "full of life" woman who was found with her son shot dead in a car in County Durham.

Ian Blakey 34, of Ennerdale Drive, Crook, was one of two people found with gunshot wounds to the head in a car on Low Job's Hill, Crook, on Saturday.

Police believe the second body is of Mr Blakey's mother Jean Blakey, 55, of Wheatfield Gardens, although the body has not been officially identified.

Her partner of 26 years, Harry Mawson, said he would miss her "every day".

Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

'Little dogs'

Mr Mawson, said: "Jean got up every morning with a smile on her face. She had MS but she didn't suffer from it and wasn't in pain.

"She used a wheelchair but she wasn't housebound. She enjoyed going out for meals and to pubs and barbecues with me and going to the day care centre.

"Jean laughed a lot, she lived a full life and never talked about wanting to end it. She lived for me and her little dogs.

"When Ian came to pick her up last Saturday she was so excited to be going out.

"I still don't know exactly what happened or why it happened. What I do know is that I'll miss Jean every day."

Police say they are still waiting to make a formal identification of the woman and that this may take a long time because of the nature of her injuries.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Sunday confirmed both people died from gunshot wounds.

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