Model, 23, killed in field ‘had restraining order on weird stalker’ friend says

A model killed in a field had previously taken a restraining order out on a stalker, her devastated friends have claimed.

Gracie Spinks died in a suspected murder-suicide on Friday morning in Duckmanton, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

The 23-year-old part-time model is understood to have been tending to her horse Paddy when the attacker struck, the Mirror reports.

Paramedics were called to the scene in Staveley Road at 8.40am but were unable to save her, while the body of a man in his 30s was later found half a mile away.

A friend of aspiring eventer and show jumper Gracie said she had been "bothered by a weird man who was totally obsessed with her".

“We are aware that she had a stalker but didn't know who he was. We heard she had taken out a restraining order against him because he was becoming quite a pest," the unnamed friendtold the Sun .

“She’s a beautiful young woman, very popular, and he was obsessed with her and kept turning up at the stables. He was infatuated with her.

“Gracie was a very private person who didn't disclose much about her personal life. She had a close knit circle of friends who she trusted."

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Derbyshire Police have been unable to shed any more information surrounding the alleged stalker.

A spokesperson told the Mirror: "Our investigation into the two deaths at Duckmanton is still ongoing so we are not able to confirm or deny this."

Tributes have poured in across social media and flowers have been laid at the family home.

Gracie modelled part-time at a London agency to fund her passion for showjumping, cross country and dressage.

A Derbyshire police spokesman said that they believe the two deaths half a mile from each other were linked and they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the tragedy.

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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.

"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."

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