Mother and tot murder inquiry

Angel Hudson, also known as Katie, and Arthur Hudson-Cardy
Angel Hudson, also known as Katie, and Arthur Hudson-Cardy
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A murder investigation has been launched after the bodies of a mother and baby were found at a home in Chorley.

Police said they were not looking for anyone else in relation to the deaths of Angel Hudson, known as Katie, and Arthur Hudson-Cardy.

Tragedy: Police seal off the house in Euxton with floral tributes (below).

Tragedy: Police seal off the house in Euxton with floral tributes (below).

Poignant tributes were left outside the semi-detached home in Euxton following the deaths, believed to be a murder and suicide.

In October 2013 Devon and Cornwall police appealed for information about the former Devon mum and her toddler, who had been missing for several months.

Police said the 25-year-old had left her Teignmouth home and may have moved to Spain with her young son Arthur Hudson-Cardy, but they had not been heard of by family since.

A police appeal described Angel and Arthur as medium risk missing people.

A Devon and Cornwall police spokesman said today the pair was traced to “another area” of Britain in December 2013 and were no longer considered missing.

Officers were called to the Princess Way house at about 7pm on Wednesday, where they found the bodies of a 26-year-old woman and a 22-month-old boy.

A lone police officer stood outside the home yesterday, as a cordon was thrown up across the driveway.

Post mortem examinations are expected to take place today. The community was left stunned by the deaths. Residents in the quiet street said a woman and baby had moved into the house earlier this year.

Bob Turner, 75, said: “It’s unbelievable. I would say hello when I went past and she always spoke to me. She was pleasant enough. It’s surprised me altogether. It was only the other day I spoke to her, saying good morning and that.”

Frank Higham, 87, who lives directly opposite, said: “She was looking forward to inviting us to a party after having work done on the house. That was just over a week ago. It’s very sad.”

Mother-of-three Elizabeth Caldwell, 38, who lives further down Princess Way, left a bouquet of flowers outside the house. She said: “When you hear a child has passed on, whatever the reason, it’s really sad. I felt like crying when I heard what happened.”

Steph Thompson, 31, was the first to lay a floral tribute at front of the house. “I’ve never seen her before,” she said. “I just feel it’s so awful.”

Next door neighbour Graham Aspinall, 57, said: “She was a perfect neighbour.”

Coun Mark Jarnell, ward councillor for Euxton South, said: “It’s hit me quite hard. It is really is tragic news for the family and neighbours and my heart goes out to them.”

Det Supt Eddie Thistlethwaite, who is leading the investigation, said: “This is a tragic case. It is being treated as a murder inquiry, although we are not looking for anybody else in connection with this incident. We are still in the very early stages of this investigation, but we are conducting a number of enquiries in order to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the deaths.”