On 14th January 2012 the bodies of a Sarah Laycock (31) and her daughter Abigail (8) were found at a home in Kirkby Avenue in Garforth, on the outskirts of Leeds. A four year old girl was found with minor injuries. She was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, but later discharged.
Sarah Laycock was deputy head teacher at Wheldon Infant School, Castleford. Abigail was a pupil at Ninelands Primary, Garforth.
Police say they were called to reports of an assault near the Fairburn Ings nature reserve, near Castleford, at around 4pm. Officers attended and after initial inquiries searched a house on Kirkby Avenue in Garforth, where they found the bodies.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said a 36 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and is currently in police custody. He has been named locally as Ms Laycock’s partner John Miller.
Tracey Lake, head teacher at Wheldon Infant School, said the school was “extremely shocked and saddened” by the death of her deputy. She said “Sarah was a much-loved part of this school community and was highly respected by her colleagues and all the children. Her loss will be deeply felt throughout the school”. She added that the school’s prayers were with Ms Laycock’s family and friends.
Wakefield Council’s chief executive, Joanne Roney, said: “This is a terrible tragedy, and our thoughts and sympathies are with family members, friends, and colleagues at this distressing time.”
Jillian Sabourn, head teacher at Ninelands Primary, said the school was “devastated” at Abigail’s death. Ms Sabourn said Abigail had been an “absolute delight” as a pupil at the school, adding “Abigail was clever, enthusiastic, hard working in every aspect of her work and a role model for other children. She particularly enjoyed PE and dance. Abigail was a thoughtful child who would regularly help other children.”
A spokesperson for Leeds City Council’s children’s services said educational psychologists had attended Ninelands Primary School, working alongside the head teacher to support staff and pupils.
Witnesses or anyone with information should contact police on new non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111.
Note: This report was compiled from reports in the BBC and the Pontefract and Castleford Express.