A COMMUNITY is in shock after a man was arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a “truly amazing” mum of two in Baildon.
West Yorkshire Police was notified by Yorkshire Ambulance Service at 9.46am on Sunday that they had been called to a concern for safety at Aire Way, Baildon, and were treating an injured woman.
Book of condolence: pay your tributes after tragic death of woman in Baildon
She was taken to hospital, but was later tragically pronounced dead. She has been named locally as Lauren Howe.
A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.
Specialist officers and investigators from the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team are conducting the investigation and are offering support to the woman’s family, a West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said.
Detective Superintendent Emma Winfield, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “A woman has tragically lost her life and our thoughts are with her family and friends and those who knew her at this truly awful time.
“We are conducting extensive enquiries to understand the circumstances of what has taken place and would urge anyone that can assist us in this investigation to please make contact.”
The statement added the force had received an earlier report of a linked matter from a member of the public and referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct in relation to the handling of that incident.
“It’s a massive tragedy for the young lady and her family,” said Cllr Martin Love (Green, Shipley ward).
“It’s an absolute tragedy for a young woman to lose her life in those circumstances.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.
“The neighbours will also be quite shocked with all of the police activity in the area.”
Scores of tributes have flooded into a book of condolence set up by the Telegraph & Argus, with Lauren’s sisters sharing heartfelt messages.
Bethany Howe said: “Oh, my sweet, sweet baby sister. No words will ever describe the pain and heartache we’re feeling right now.
“You have left such a hole in our hearts. Go be free Lauren and be you. I love and miss you more than you could ever imagine. Lots of love u bossy big sister.”
Another sister, Leigha, wrote: “Missing my sister so much. I will always love her! You was a truly amazing mum to your kids and amazing sister to us all. You’ll always be in my heart forever and forever.”
Stephen Townend wrote: “Lauren, I’m absolutely lost for words that you have left so early in life. You were an amazing mother and amazing friend and you will be missed by everyone. You touched a lot of hearts in your time with us and thank you for letting us be a part of your story in life. Fly high angel sleep tight. This isn’t goodbye this is until we meet again.”
Jennifer Mckelvie wrote: “Rest in eternal paradise Lauren, absolutely heartbroken. Love always, Uncle Peter and Auntie Jenny.”
Charlotte Renshaw wrote: “Wow, well what can I say. We shared some good times together lol. You were one in a million I just can’t believe you’re actually gone. It doesn’t seem real. I can’t get my head around it. You were always the life and soul of the party.
“Can’t believe I’ll never see you or talk to you again. It’s absolute madness. Fly high Loza, until we meet again. My love goes to your beautiful babies who you loved dearly and your family who loved you to pieces.”
Dion Phillips wrote: “Lauren, I remember being young and innocent playing out on Walden Drive. I remember you were so kind and I have good memories of you growing up. I actually miss them days of us all. My thoughts are with your family. I’m so shocked, you were taken far too soon. I hope your babies are taken care of. RIP beautiful.”
Chris Burke wrote: “Rip Lauren. Fly high with the angels. To think, I was only talking to you less than 12 hours before this happened. You will be sadly missed.”
Toni Allen, who started a GoFundMe page to help Lauren’s family, wrote: “Can’t believe the news yesterday.
“I still haven’t come to terms with it, still in complete shock. You were too young to leave. Heartbreaking is an understatement. You were way too perfect for this earth. Rest in paradise Lauren, won’t forget the memories we shared.”
To donate visit gofundme.com/f/lauren-jade-howe
Information can be passed to the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team by using 101 Live Chat online or calling 101. Information can also be passed to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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