Man, 49, charged with murder after school teacher, 47, killed at home

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A man has been charged with murder and attempted murder after a school teacher was killed in an attack.

Caroline Kayll, 47, was assaulted alongside a 15-year-old boy at around 8.55pm on Sunday, November 15 at her home in the colliery village of Linton, north of Newcastle.

Ms Kayll, who worked as a teacher at Atkinson House School in Seghill, died from her injuries in hospital and the teen, not related to Caroline, is in hospital being treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Northumbria Police conducted a nationwide search for Paul Robson, 49, who has now been arrested near Glasgow following the attack.

Superintendent Paul Milner said: "In recent days our officers have been carrying out enquiries across the region and north of the border.

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"Those enquiries have now led to the arrest of a man on suspicion of Caroline's murder and the serious assault of a teenage boy.

"We want to reassure the public that this was an isolated incident and at no point were they at risk."

During the search, police described Robson as a white man, around 5ft5in tall, of slim build, bald and he wears glasses.

Police said Robson has been charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with the attack.

Detectives also arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of assisting an offender and he remains in police custody at this time.

Robson will appear before Bedlington Magistrates' Court on Monday, November 23.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Graeme Barr, said: "A murder investigation is always tragic for those involved and our thoughts go out to the families at this very difficult time.

"We have had extra officers on patrol in the area concerned because we appreciate the impact that this kind of incident can also have upon the wider community."

He went on: "We want to reassure the public that this is being treated as an isolated incident and a man has now been charged in connection with the attack and Caroline’s death.

"I would urge members of the public to respect the active legal proceedings and refrain from speculating on social media, as this could potentially prejudice the case.

"I'd like to thank those who have come forward with information to assist us with this case, and would appeal for anyone with further information – who has yet to do so – to get in touch."

Anyone who believes they may be able to assist police is asked to report online at the Northumbria Police website quoting log 421 19/11/20.

You can also call police on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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