A man is to appear at crown court charged with the multiple rape and murder of a ‘kind and lovely’ nursery school worker.
Sophie Cartlidge, 39, was found dead at the home she shared with Andrew Grimes, 37, at 9.10am on Friday, June 18, after police were called following concerns for her safety.
Grime was arrested at the property in Baldwin Avenue, Bottesford, Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire.
Ms Cartlidge was a popular nursery worker and mother-of-two and was beloved by both parents and children at the Little Acorns Pre-School, in Broughton, where she worked.
Tributes have described her as the ‘kindest and loveliest woman’ who made a difference to many lives, with one saying they were lucky to have known her.
Little Acorns Pre-school will be closed for a week as her friends and colleagues mourn the tragic loss.
Ms Cartlidge, 39, (left) was found by police with significant injuries at home on in Bottesford, at 9.10am on Friday, June 18. Andrew Grimes, 37, (right) has been charged with murder
Earlier the senior investigation officer, Detective Chief Inspector Grant Taylor told how the property in Baldwin Avenue was shared by Ms Cartlidge and Grimes, who also owned another house in Temple Road, Scunthorpe.
No weapons were used in the fatal injuries sustained by the mother.
The senior officer said: ‘Our thoughts remain with Sophie’s family and loved ones who continue to be supported by our specialist trained officer at this sad time.
‘This is an isolated incident and there is no wider risk to members of the public. Our neighbourhood teams will continue to support and speak to local residents, if you see our officers please come and speak them if you have any concerns.
‘I want to say thank you to those who have helped with our enquiries throughout our investigation.’
Humberside Police said that no weapons were used, but that Ms Cartilage (née Redhead) ‘suffered significant injuries at the property she shared with Andrew’
Floral tributes to Ms Cartlidge appeared in the street where she lived with her family.
She has been described in tributes as an ‘absolutely beautiful woman who was adored by absolutely everyone’.
‘We are devastated to have lost our friend and colleague Sophie on Friday, June 18,’ the nursery said on social media.
‘We have spoken with all parents of Little Acorns to inform them of this week’s closure.
‘We ask at this time for your continued patience and understanding while her friends and family grieve their loss.
Andrew Grimes, 37, of Temple Road, Scunthorpe, has been charged with one count of murder and two charges of rape. Pictured: Police attend the home in Bottesford
‘We thank those that have laid flowers at the setting.
‘Updates will be given by the committee as we continue to support our team.’
One mum, whose son attended the nursery, said: ‘This really has broken my heart, this beautiful woman had such an impact on my son’s life. Sophie was always his favourite at nursery and they had such a special bond.
‘She was adored by absolutely everyone. She lit a room with her bubbly personality and the children doted on her.
‘Sophie wasn’t his key worker but she was always his favourite. They had a beautiful bond and she was absolutely incredible at her job.
‘To this day, whenever I saw her, she always asked how he was and couldn’t wait to see him again.
‘What a beautiful lady and teacher this lady was to me and my son.
‘Truly heart-breaking how someone so loved and appreciated can be taken away from a world.
‘Rest in peace Sophie. Thank you for being so special and a big part of my son’s life, he for sure absolutely adored you. You were truly amazing at your job, we was lucky enough to know you.’
Ms Cartlidge was found by police with significant injuries at her home on Baldwin Avenue, Bottesford (pictured)
One mother said the news had ‘truly broken my heart. So sorry this happened to a beautiful, kind woman.
‘Sophie was an amazing lady who worked in my son’s nursery and she will be extremely missed. Sending so much love and prayers to her friends and family and all the little lives she’s helped shape.’
Another parent said: ‘Sophie has helped so many, she really did have a heart of gold and will be truly missed by all.’
‘Sophie was loved by all – such a friendly lady and adored by all children. She will be sadly missed and remembered by all.’
Emergency services arrived at the scene around 9.10am on Friday, June 18 after reports of concern for a person’s safety.
Grimes appeared at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court to face one charge of murder, alleged between June 17 and 18 and two charges of rape.
The defendant appeared wearing a protective mask and light grey top. He was flanked by two custody officers when he appeared in the dock.
He spoke only to confirm his age and address. No pleas were entered to any of the charges.
Prosecutor, Martin Howarth, appearing on a video link, told the court the case had to be referred to the Hull Crown Court within 48 hours.
He said the defendant could not apply for bail and had to be kept in custody.
Defence lawyer, Andrew Havery, made no application after speaking to his client earlier.
Grimes was remanded in custody to reappear at Hull Crown Court on Wednesday.