Langwith Junction: Neighbors open up to ‘nightmare’ a few days while homicide investigation continues

Neighbors say they are still in shock after an elderly couple who were “the backbone of the community” were brutally attacked in their own home.

Ken Walker, 88, remains in hospital in a critical condition while his wife Freda Walker, 86, died as a result of her injuries.

The couple had been married for 60 years and always lived at the same address in Station Road, Langwith Junction, the same house as they were attacked on Saturday, January 15th.

Officers described the killing as “a terrible cowardice”, having previously said a “significant level of violence” had been used during the attack – a murder investigation has been launched.

A man who lives across the road from the couple but wanted to remain anonymous said: “It’s been awful, a nightmare. We miss her every day that goes by. They were private people but they wanted to help you with absolutely everything.

“Me and my wife used to go on bus trips with them to Skegness and elsewhere. The last few days have been a nightmare. I have not laid flowers down yet as I can not get myself to do what I have to. to get my head around it first.

“We can not get it out of our minds what has happened. They are good people. I just wish I had a time machine so I could go back and make sure none of this ever happened.”

Ken and Freda Walker.
Ken and Freda Walker.

Jackie Morton, who is ‘Shirebrook born and raised’ and works at a local pub, said: “It’s a strange time.

“Many of the regulars who are a little older are worried, and of course they will be.

“It’s a big, big thing that’s happened and it’s a concern. There’s a lot of rumors and gossip going around, but no one knows exactly what’s happened yet.

“It’s awful, of course it is.”

Laura Dales, 44, of Shirebrook, said: “I did not know the couple personally, but I have heard about what happened – I think everyone has.

“It’s much quieter here today, I’ve noticed, except obviously on this street.

“It’s like everyone’s a little on edge.

“It’s worrying when you think about what happened.”

Another of the couple’s neighbors told Nottinghamshire Live: “We have not been told much by the police, just to stay away from it all.

“My wife is really, really sad about it all – she was a good friend of Freda. She’s crushed.”

At a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 18, Assistant Chief Constable Dave Kirby described how important Ken and Freda were to their community.

He said: “It’s tragic that this is happening to anyone, but twice as given that Ken and Freda are and were a real backbone here.

“They’ve done so much work for the benefit of other people, and that’s what their lives were about.

“They were married for 60 years and lived all that time in this house. Freda was healthy and well until this incident, even when she was 86 years old, she was a member of local clubs, including a knitting club, and her whole career was in the textile industry.

Flower tributes in Langwith Junction
Flower tributes in Langwith Junction

“Ken was a miner, a loyal worker, he was a member of the council for 21 years and gave so much to it – he actively served on many committees and raised money, which they both did for local charities to make life better for people. .

“He’s still a member of the council now, though he does not serve. In recognition of that, he was offered an honorary council title at the end of last year.

“So it’s doubly tragic that it happens to such a couple who have given so much to society.”

He continued: “We follow a number of important lines of inquiry, [there’s] lots of work to do, a huge amount of dedicated resources to do it.

“Ultimately, there is someone out there who is responsible for this tragedy – an act of terrible cowardice, and they are currently resolved.

“They are currently out in the community. I am not suggesting that people are now in danger of another attack or anything like that.

“But I say we need to get to those people right away.”

Police are investigating similar incidents and whether they may be linked to Langwith – including a vicious burglary in Trowell earlier this month in which an elderly couple were also targeted.

Police were also seen the investigation continues in Trowell Tuesday morning.

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