Neighbours tell of shock over Walsall murders

Residents living in a tower block where two people were found murdered today spoke of their shock at the tragedy.

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They paid tribute to “nice, quiet” Pauline Woolley, while flowers were laid in memory of both victims on a grass verge outside Holly Court flats, in Acacia Avenue, Walsall.

Neighbours of Mrs Woolley awoke to find their flats cordoned off on Saturday morning after her body and that of a man in his 40s were discovered in the early hours. The 69-year-old was found in her flat while the man’s body was on land at the rear of the apartments.

A 43-year-old man was continuing to help police with their inquiries today following his arrest in the early hours of Saturday. Police have confirmed they believe the victims and the suspect all knew each other. Today Mary Taylor, who has lived at the apartments since they were built more than 40 years ago, said she knew the victims.

The 80-year-old said: “I knew them to say hello to, we have never had any problems.

“It is terrible what’s gone on – it’s been like reading a novel. Nothing has ever happened like this before, not in all my years here.”

Geraldine Attridge, who also lives on the estate, added: “She was a lovely lady, a nice, quiet lady, and when I heard I was really hoping this had not happened to her.” Three unmarked bouquets, and three with attached messages, have been left on land within 10ft of where the man’s body was found.

One of the tributes says: “Pauline, so sorry to hear this sad news. You did not deserve this. God Bless You, RIP, Sue Shaw and family.”

Another reads: “RIP from local residents of Yew Tree Estate,” while the third message is: “RIP, Sharon Bunce, Lee Smith, Liam + Venessa, Kerry.”

Inquiries as to the nature of the relationship between the two victims and the man arrested were ongoing today. A blue forensics tent was set up at the rear of the eight-storey building on Saturday, close to parking bays and garages for the flats. Forensics teams remained at the scene throughout the day, combing the flats and surrounding grounds for evidence.