In the early hours of this morning, Saturday 6th June 2012, a young woman died in a house further down the road that we live on.
I could drone on how this sort of thing never happens in Ampthill, but it has, and it would be trite in the extreme to start down that path. It’s irrelevant anyway. People are hurting, they don’t want my words, they want answers from Police officers. Shocking things happen in city centres and equally shocking things happen in rural idylls and Ampthill is neither. It’s an ordinary town, populated by ordinary people. It doesn’t have immunity from the outside world and you’re not in this one if you think anything different.
I can’t begin to imagine a more hideous thing to happen to a young girl, or adequately comprehend the grief that her family and friends are now experiencing. I’m sure the bottom just dropped out of their world. For the young man arrested on suspicion of her murder, time will tell what the circumstances of this were and it would be irresponsible of me to start speculating. The lives of two families will be blighted by this, whichever side of things they are on.
I’m just a woman who lives up the road from where it happened and it makes me cry every time I think about it. All I can say is that I am so very, very sorry. There aren’t words. And from me the less the better.
With love from Ailesbury Road, Ampthill. x