/‘Lovely’ mum-of-three, 39, ‘stabbed’ to death with new lover was ‘getting life back together after kicking out

‘Lovely’ mum-of-three, 39, ‘stabbed’ to death with new lover was ‘getting life back together after kicking out

A MUM-of-three was killed alongside her new lover as they celebrated New Year’s Eve – just months after leaving her husband.

Helen Almey, 39, and her new partner were slain at the home she had shared with her headteacher ex in Duffield, Derbyshire.

 Helen Almey, 39, who was stabbed to death, pictured with her husband Rhys Hancock

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Helen Almey, 39, who was stabbed to death, pictured with her husband Rhys Hancock
 Friends said Helen was just starting to get her life back together” but had to call 999 over Christmas  after being threatened.

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Friends said Helen was just starting to get her life back together” but had to call 999 over Christmas  after being threatened.

Friends said Helen was “just starting to get her life back together” but had to call 999 over Christmas  after being threatened.

The trouble flared again at the New Year as she marked the occasion with her new partner.

Shocked neighbours heard someone yell: “They’re dead! They’re dead! What have you f******g done?” at about 3am.

Police arrived just over an hour later to find two “fatally injured” people in the three-bedroom home.

A spokesman said they arrested a 39-year-old man at the scene on suspicion of double murder and will question him today. They  were not looking for anyone else.

Helen bought the home in Duffield with headteacher husband Rhys Hancock in 2014.

 Two people were found dead in Derbyshire in the early hours of New Year's Day
Two people were found dead in Derbyshire in the early hours of New Year’s DayCredit: PTE
 A forensic officer arrives at the scene where two people were killed
A forensic officer arrives at the scene where two people were killedCredit: PA:Press Association

The couple, who had three children under the age of ten, split several months ago when she ended the relationship.

Mr Hancock, 39, was appointed last year as the headteacher at Stanton Vale Special School in nearby Long Eaton.

One local said: “My neighbour heard screaming and shouting coming from the house and outside the property at around 3am.

“My neighbour said he heard someone shouting, ‘They’re dead! They’re dead! What have you f**king done?’ over and over.”

Another former neighbour, who did not want to be identified, said: “It’s tragic. I can’t say I’m shocked.

“The marriage was on and off. I  lived close enough to know what went on and so did some of the other neighbours.

‘THEY’RE DEAD! WHAT HAVE YOU F***ING DONE?’

“Rhys came across as this caring teacher who dedicated his life to kids with special needs.

“Helen tried many times to make a life without him. Then last year, she plucked up the courage to kick him out for good.

“About six months ago she started seeing this guy. She was really getting her life together.

“I don’t know too much about him but I think they met through some sports club — she loved netball and keep fit.

“I heard he was a keen runner.”
Scenes of crime officers searched the £415,000 home yesterday and a grey Seat thought to belong to Mr Hancock was taken away.

Another grey Seat, thought to be Ms Almey’s, and a Honda Civic, believed to be her boyfriend’s, remained on the drive.
Another resident, who did not want to be named, said: “I woke up this morning and looked outside to see what was going on.

 The 39-year-old was killed in her Duffield home near Derby

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The 39-year-old was killed in her Duffield home near Derby
 Helen had three children under the age of 10

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Helen had three children under the age of 10Credit: Facebook

“All I could see was tape and cones everywhere and police cars. It’s a bit surreal.”

A former school pal of Helen’s added: “Duffield is a small place where everyone knows everyone so we’re all in complete and utter shock. We can’t stop thinking about Helen’s poor children.
“She was a lovely girl. She was very popular at school.”

Neighbours in the village – which counts Derby FC footballer Tom Lawrence among its residents – yesterday described their shock.

A former school pal said: “Helen was a lovely girl. She was very popular at school and very sporty and played lots of netball. Duffield is a very small place where everyone knows everyone so we are all in complete and utter shock.

“We can’t stop thinking about her poor children.”

A Derbyshire Police spokeswoman said: “We were called to a house in New Zealand Lane at 4.11am today and found a man and a woman fatally injured inside.

“A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of two counts of murder. He remains in custody at this time.”

A statement from the East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We received a call at 4.30am on 1 January from our colleagues in Derbyshire Police requesting medical assistance at a private address in Duffield.

“We sent a paramedic in a car and two crewed ambulances.”

 Helen's friends said she was just getting her life together before she was killed

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Helen’s friends said she was just getting her life together before she was killedCredit: Facebook
 Helen smiles with her ex-husband Rhys

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Helen smiles with her ex-husband RhysCredit: Facebook
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