Tributes paid to murdered Lancashire businesswoman

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A family of a woman found stabbed to death have paid tribute to “a wonderful mother, sister, partner and friend”.

Mother-of-three Sadie Hartley, 60, was found dead at her house in Sunny Bank Road, Helmshore, Lancashire, on Friday evening.

She used to run a business, Hartley Taylor Equine, in Wesham and was company director at Hartley Taylor Medical Communications.

Her long-term partner Ian Johnston 54, an ex-fireman and volunteer with Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue team, was on a skiing holiday in the Swiss Alps at the time of his partner’s death.

In a statement, he said he and the family of Ms Hartley - who had two grown-up daughters and a son - were “utterly distraught” at her death.

He said: “Sadie was a wonderful mother, sister, partner and friend.

“We are all utterly distraught following her senseless, brutal murder. She was a respectable, hard-working person who had run a successful business that supported medical services.”

Mr Johnston works as a technical adviser for International Camp Suisse - a summer school in the Swiss Alps during the summer months.

He added: “It is an utter tragedy that she has been taken so unnecessarily from us and will be sadly missed by all those who knew her.”

Katrina Walsh, 55, of Hare Lane, Chester, and Sarah Williams, 34, of Blacon, Chester, have been charged with Ms Hartley’s murder.

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