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‘She was just full of life’ - Brooke murder victim fondly remembered by Norfolk landlady

PUBLISHED: 06:40 27 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:11 27 September 2018

Michael and Frances Hubbard. Picture: East Anglia News Service

Michael and Frances Hubbard. Picture: East Anglia News Service

East Anglia News Service

They always seemed a “really sweet couple” - that is how a pub landlady has described the tragic couple at the centre of a Norfolk murder investigation.

The Railway Tavern pub in Poringland, where Frances Hubbard and her husband Michael were regular visitors. PIC: Peter Walsh.The Railway Tavern pub in Poringland, where Frances Hubbard and her husband Michael were regular visitors. PIC: Peter Walsh.

Tracey Moore, landlady of the Railway Tavern at Poringland, has said Frances Hubbard and her partner Michael were regulars at the pub over the past few years.

She said: “They always seemed a really sweet couple who had been together for years.

“They always used to do everything together and would always have a pint and a half of beer, Old Speckled Hen. He would have a pint and she would have a half.

“They would talk about their home brew and both loved real ale.

“They came up one Sunday when we had live music and she was desperate to have a dance. She wanted to get up. She loved it, she was just full of life and she enjoyed life.”

A murder inquiry has been launched after officers were called to the couple’s home in Churchill Place, Brooke, at about 10.30am on Sunday, to reports of a stabbing.

Police discovered the body of a woman, believed to be Frances Hubbard, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Home Office post mortem examination has concluded the cause of death as multiple stab wounds.

A man in his 80s, understood to be her partner Michael, arrested in connection with the incident has been released under investigation while enquiries continue but has since been detained under the Mental Health Act.

The Railway Tavern’s landlady said: “He didn’t have a lot to say but she was always lovely.”

She only realised what had happened when she saw her “picture in the paper” adding: “It was a shock. I’ve got to say I can’t stop thinking about it. It’s just really tragic.”

A spokesman for Saffron Housing, which manages housing in Churchill Place, said: “We are extremely saddened by Frances Hubbard’s death and are working personally with the residents of this close knit community to support them. Many tributes have been laid by residents and we have encouraged them to express their feelings in memory of Frances. We offer our deepest condolences to Frances’s family and are here to support them at this sad time.”

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