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Son pays tribute to mother murdered in Crowthorne

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Jackie Pattenden

THE son of a woman who was murdered in Crowthorne last weekend has paid an emotional tribute to his mother.

Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ Pattenden, 53, died from a stab wound to the chest last Sunday night.

Thames Valley Police issued a tribute on behalf of her son Phil Pattenden on Wednesday. It read: “It is with great sadness that Jackie, my mother was taken from us too soon.

“She was an amazing mother, sister, cousin, niece and friend; much loved by everyone she came into contact with for her kind, caring and chatty nature.

“We can not comprehend the massive loss that we all feel or even begin to process what has happened because so much is currently left unanswered.

“All we want is to lay mum to rest and give her the send-off she deserves. We also want justice so we can start to begin the grieving process.

“Mum was extremely hard working and always done her best for me. Life wasn’t always easy but in this past year seemed to be getting better by the day. None of us had seen her happier; she had just come off her cancer medication, recently been promoted and seemed to really be getting her life back. To be taken away so soon just seems such a massive shame.

“Mum will now never get to see the day I get married, or live to see the grandchildren that she always wanted, all her efforts went into me/family and she hasn’t got to experience any of these natural joys of life. It is such a huge loss, effecting so many.”

Officers were called to a property in Ellis Road shortly before 11.30pm on Sunday (2) following reports that a woman had died. A 55-year-old man suffering stab wounds was placed under arrest and remains in hospital.

Senior investigating officer, Det Ch Insp Ailsa Kent from Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit, said: “We continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this incident and our thoughts are with Jackie’s family at this very difficult time.

“I would appeal to anyone who has not come forward as a witness already to please contact us.

“Anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in that area at around the time of the incident should contact the 24-hour Thames Valley Police enquiry centre on 101.

“If you do not want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”

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