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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Millom family ‘a key part of community’

SHOCKWAVES rippled through the community after a “happy-go-lucky” mum and her “caring” daughter were killed at home in Millom.

Alice McMeekin, 58, and her 20-year-old daughter Katie Jenkin were found dead by police in Newton Street on Saturday morning.

They had sustained severe head injuries, alleged to have been inflicted by Ms McMeekin’s son and Miss Jenkin’s brother, John Jenkin, 23.

Tributes poured in for the women, who had returned to the area from South Wales around six weeks ago.

Miss Jenkin was a student at the University of South Wales in Cardiff.

Deputy mayor of Millom, Fee Wilson, said: “The McMeekin family are long-standing members of the Millom and West Cumbria community, and it’s just so sad that Alice returned to the area only recently.

“I have known her since she was a little girl, and it’s tragic for her and her daughter and it’s tragic for the whole family.

“She came from a very hard working family who were always a key part of the community.

“Her dad ran the fish and chip shop and her brother ran the fruit and veg shop on Wellington Street.

“She was a lovely lass, I was always fond of Alice.”

The alleged attack happened next door to where Claire Marshall was stabbed to death by her ex-partner in 2009.

Millom town councillor Reg Heathcote said: “It’s absolutely tragic. The thoughts and prayers of the whole town will be with the family.”

Ms McMeekin and her children all attended St James Catholic Primary School, in Lonsdale Road.

A spokeswoman for the school said: “All members of the family were former pupils at St James Catholic Primary School.

“We have fond memories of them all. Our thoughts and prayers are with all concerned with this tragedy.”

The spokeswoman confirmed Jenkin left the school in 2001, and Miss Jenkin left in 2003.

Ms McMeekin was an employee at HMP Haverigg around six years ago.

A former colleague, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “She was a nice lady. She adored her kids.

“She was a very family orientated person, and she seemed to love her life; she was a happy-go-lucky kind of person at the time.

“I saw her last month and she seemed in good spirits.”

Friends of Miss Jenkin took to Facebook to pay their respects. Nikita Harford described her as “one of the most caring friends I have ever had the honour to know”.

Millom mayor Brian Crawford passed his condolences to the family of the victims.

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was there any need for the paper to publish all the details though? i know a paper has a duty to report the news but some of the things that came out in court and were published in the mail are very disturbing both for family members and people who knew the victims. maybe a little bit of censorship or decorum would have been wise

Posted by sue on 1 April 2014 at 15:08

Good old Dane garth¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡ clueless

Posted by barry jackson on 31 March 2014 at 14:11

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