Beautiful dancer, 22, ‘stabbed to death by boyfriend who then killed himself’

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A marketing executive was stabbed to death by her boyfriend, who also later died after suffering self-inflicted knife wounds.

Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, 22, was found at a house in Kettering, Northamptonshire, last Friday after police received a report of concern for her safety.

Ben Green, 41, a marketing director for a water-management company, was also found dead in the house, which he owned.

Police have now revealed the causes of death following preliminary post-mortem reports.

They said that Maddie’s death at the property in Slate Drive was being treated as murder, and no one else was being sought in connection with the tragedy.

It has since been reported that the couple had discussed splitting up prior to the apparent murder-suicide.

Mr Green’s LinkedIn profile states that he was marketing director at Kettering-based Alumasc Water Management Solutions. It is thought that’s where he met Maddie, whose family said she was "a talented dancer".

Maddie originally hailed from the village of Wimblington, near March, Cambridgeshire, where her parents Steve, 48 and Rachel, 47, live.

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In a statement paying tribute to Maddie, the Durdant-Hollamby family said: "We are absolutely devastated at the loss of Maddie, our beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece.

"Our hearts are broken and we cannot begin to imagine life without her. The shock and pain we are feeling is indescribable.

"She was a beautiful person both inside and out, who loved nothing more than spending time with her family and friends.

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"Maddie was a kind, caring, thoughtful young woman, who touched the lives of everyone she met."

They added: "A talented dancer, her creative talent continued through school and into her career in marketing. Her life has been sadly cut short just as her career was blossoming.

"Our thoughts are with everybody who knew and loved Maddie as much as we did."

Mr Green, who was a keen cyclist, was a trustee of a children's cancer charity that recently received the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Det Chief Insp Joe Banfield, who is leading the inquiry, said: "Our investigation into the deaths of Maddie and Ben continues, and a file is being prepared for the coroner."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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