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Model, 23, killed in ‘vicious attack’ in field as man’s body found nearby

A keen horse rider and part-time model has died after being found injured in a field in a suspected murder-suicide.

The woman, named locally as Gracie Spinks, 23, was treated by paramedics close to a farm in the village of Duckmanton, Derbyshire, but they were unable to save her.

She was treated at 8.40am while a man in his 30s was found just over two hours later at around 11am, several fields away.

It led to the picturesque village going into lockdown with children at a primary school not allowed outside but by early afternoon police had said that the situation had been “resolved”.

Tributes have poured in for Gracie with friends saying her life revolved around horses and in particular her favourite Paddy, while she took part in showjumping and dressage.

Gracie Spinks, 23, was a keen horse rider and part-time model

A village resident told the Daily Mail: “The word locally is that this was a very vicious attack.

“Gracie kept at least one horse on the land – it is grazing land where a number of people have horses and there is a temporary stable.

“As I understand it, Gracie was looking after her horse when she was attacked. It is just awful.”

She reportedly was a part-time model and worked at a local e-commerce company.

Gracie Spinks poses for a photo with a horse
Gracie, from Derbyshire, took part in showjumping and dressage

Gracie Spinks poses for a photo with a horse
Gracie died after being found close to a farm in the village of Duckmanton

Flowers were laid outside her family home and friends posted tributes on social media.

One pal wrote on Facebook: “Oh Gracie Spinks I don’t even know what to say. Heartbroken doesn’t even cut it.

“You really were the life of the party, we made so many memories us four and I couldn’t be more grateful to know you.

“Honestly sat here thinking of them is making me smile.

“This world is so, so cruel and it’s really not fair. Rest in peace Gracie you will be so missed. Thinking of your family and friends.”

Another friend wrote: “Cannot even comprehend what has happened. Such a beautiful girl with a huge heart.

“Rest in peace Gracie Spinks! You will always be the life and soul of a party. Sending a huge amount of love to all Gracie’s family and friends.”

A third added: “Can’t believe it only seen you two days ago! Had a chat! This couldn’t have happened to a nicer person!!

Gracie Spinks smiles for a photo
Friends paid tribute to Gracie, describing her as a “beautiful girl with a huge heart”

“Always supportive with everything I did! RIP Gracie Spinks my thoughts and condolences our to her family!”

Another friend described Gracie as “such a beautiful, kind & bubbly character who’s been taken far to soon”.

The friend added: “Fly high sweet girl, sending love to all your family & friends at this heartbreaking time.”

A Derbyshire police spokesman said it was believed the two deaths were linked and they were not looking for anyone else.

The force said in a statement: “Officers investigating the death of a woman in Duckmanton can now confirm that a body of a man was also found in the town and that we believe the two deaths are linked.

“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

“A woman was found injured in a field near to Staveley Road at around 8.40am. Paramedics attended and the woman, who was in her early 20s, sadly died at the scene.

“At 11am, the body of a man in his mid-30s was found in a field off Tom Lane, Duckmanton.

Gracie Spinks was found seriously injured and paramedics were unable to save her
The woman found seriously injured and paramedics were unable to save her

“We have traced and informed both families and specialist officers are supporting them at this time.

“We appreciate that what has happened in Duckmanton will have shocked and upset many people in the community and officers will carry out extra patrols in the coming days.

“We would urge you to stop and speak to an officer if you wish to raise any concerns.

“Anyone with any information is asked to contact using the following methods quoting reference number 21*000338849.”



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