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Horse rider, 23, found dead in a suspected murder suicide

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Gracie Spinks (Instagram)
Gracie Spinks (Instagram)

A horse riding enthusiast has been found dead in what may have been a murder suicide.

Gracie Spinks, 23, who also worked as a model, was found dead in a field near Duckmanton, in Derbyshire, shortly at 8.40am on Friday.

Derbyshire Constabulary said the man’s body was found in a field off Tom Lane at around 11am on Friday.

The force said officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths, but said a police presence will remain in the area while inquiries are ongoing.

It said the families of both the deceased had been traced and specially trained officers were supporting them.

According to The Sun, Ms Spinks was reportedly being “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,” one friend told the paper.

“We heard she had taken out a restraining order against him because he was becoming quite a pest.

“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 Spinks (Instagram)
Gracie Spinks (Instagram)

Friends have been left devastated by Ms Spinks’ passing.

Writing on Facebook Alicia Jordan said: “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.”

Another friend, Abbey Griffin, set up a GoFundMe page to help Ms Spinks’ family.

“She was a caring and loving individual and was always happy to help. She was also so so stubborn and she’d always stand up for what was right,” Ms Griffin wrote.

“If you knew Gracie you’d also know she was horsey mad and had the most gorgeous horse called Paddy whom she loved dearly.

“Although no amount of money could ever bring Gracie back, I ask that you please donate whatever you can to help her family at this moment.

“We all love you so dearly Gracie, behave up there.”

Ms Griffin said she would be organising a balloon release from the Markham Vale business park, where Ms Spinks worked, on Monday, June 28 to allow her friends to say their goodbyes.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire Police said: “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.”

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