Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Husband Charged with the Murder of Wife; Tributes Paid to Mum Found Dead in Her Home

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Husband Charged with the Murder of Wife; Tributes Paid to Mum Found Dead in Her Home

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THE husband of a loving mother-of-two found stabbed to death in her Newcastle home has been charged with murder.

Heather Arthur, 50, was discovered at her terraced house in castle, on Monday morning.

Police confirmed she had died from stab wounds after initially saying she was found with unexplained injuries.

Her husband, Mark Conrad Arthur, 49, also of Woodbine Road in Gosforth, has been charged with her murder.

He was due to appear before Newcastle Magistrates' Court today. Shocked neighbours have been paying tribute to Heather who was described as a perfect neighbour, outgoing friend and doting mum by people who knew her.

Neighbours on leafy Woodbine Road in Gosforth were stunned when police descended on the house Heather shared with her husband and her young son and daughter.

The 50-year-old's body was discovered inside, shortly after 11am. Today, as detectives continue to probe Heather's death, friends have told of their disbelief that anyone would harm their friend.

Teacher Angie Mason, who lives across the road, said: "She was the loveliest person you could meet. She was always very friendly. I just haven't got a clue why anyone would harm her."

Heather was raised and educated on the Isle of Wight before moving to Surrey where she lived with her husband. Neighbours told the Chronicle they had a daughter aged six and a nine-year-old son. The couple moved to Newcastle in 2009 and ran a computer services company called Deep Blue Project from their home.

Angie, 53, told how Heather had organised a street party to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee last year.

"She got the whole street together for the Jubilee street party," she said. "She also invited a lot of people to her birthday party and we all went to Chinatown for a meal. She would always say hello to everybody on the street.

"And she was a wonderful mum. They took the children to music lessons at The Sage on Saturdays."

Betty Grigg has lived on Woodbine Road for 45 years and was Heather's next door neighbour.

The 82-year-old was stunned when she discovered what had happened to Heather. …

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