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Tributes paid to York estate agent killed in sustained attack
5:53pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
TRIBUTES have been paid to an estate agent who was killed in a brutal and lengthy attack in which a female colleague also suffered critical injuries.
North Yorkshire Police were yesterday (Tuesday, October 22) granted extra time to question a 25-year-old man over the murder of Nicole Waterhouse, 32, and attempted murder of Karen Browne, 23, at a flat in Phoenix Boulevard, close to the National Railway Museum, in York.
The man, who police say was known to at least one of the victims, was arrested about six hours after the attack on Sunday, at 7.30pm at an address in Popeshead Court, in the city centre.
Detectives said tonight (Tuesday, October 22) he must have left the scene heavily bloodstained and appealed for witnesses.
Sales advisor Miss Browne is in a stable condition in York Hospital and remains too ill to be interviewed by police.
Kevin Hollinrake, director of Hunters estate agents, which has branches across North Yorkshire, including Thirsk, said the firm had been devastated by the death of the Miss Waterhouse, who was the daughter of his business partner, John Waterhouse.
Mr Hollinrake, director of Hunters, said:""Nicole was the heart and soul of the business and a friend of all of us. She was such a lovely person.
“Everyone’s thoughts are with the families of those concerned. We are waiting to hear news.”
Detectives conducted a forensic examination of the scene at the privately-owned flat today (Tuesday) and searched for the victims’ mobile phones and the weapon or weapons used in the attack.
Detective Superintendent Dai Malyn, of North Yorkshire Police's Major Crime Unit, said he wanted to establish the movements of the women in the 12 hours before the attack.
He said: “Both girls suffered multiple serious injuries and the attack must have been a sustained one.
“The suspect responsible must have been heavily bloodstained and may have changed his clothing at the scene or got changed later and then discarded the clothing.
“We believe the suspect has been in the vicinity of Coney Street between 7pm and 8pm on Sunday evening and was in a green Barbour type jacket.
"He is 25 years of age and is described as white with short light brown hair, over 6ft tall and athletic build."
Anyone with information should call police on 101, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555-111.