A SKYDIVING center boss has been charged with the murder of his partner and fellow teacher.
Ashley Kemp, 54, is accused of murdering 50-year-old Clair Armstrong, who was also a beautician.
She was found dead in her home in a village in the early hours of the morning.
Claire and qualified pilot Kemp – known as Ash – worked together at Hibaldstow Skydiving Center, where he was manager and she was trainer until earlier this year.
She died after Humberside Police were called home in Messingham, Lincolnshire, around 12.40am on Sunday, fearing for her safety.
Tributes were laid outside the crime scene in Elm Way, which remains under police guard during the investigation.
Clair trained in formation skydiving, in which multiple jumpers connect legs and arms to form different shapes.
The mother, who also ran a beauty salon, was well respected in her village and locals expressed shock at her murder.
“She was really friendly and a nice person,” said a neighbor.
“We used to say hello to each other a lot when we were walking the dogs and stuff.
“I just can’t believe it happened right on my doorstep, it’s scary. I’m just glad we’re not in danger.”
Others paid tribute online to Clair, who was described as a “lovely” and “beautiful” woman.
“RIP Clair, your salon was amazing and you worked so hard. Condolences to your family,” said Katie Clare Mill.
Debbie Newton added: “So very sad, Rip lovely and loving thoughts to the children and family.”
A Humberside Police spokesman said: “Police were called at around 12.40am on Sunday 6 November to reports of security concerns at a property on Elm Way.
“Unfortunately, upon attending, it was discovered that Clair had sustained fatal injuries.
“Ashley Kemp, 54, of Robinson Grove, Hibaldstow, has been charged with murder.
“Clair’s family is being assisted by specially trained officers and has requested their privacy at this time.”
Kemp appeared before Great Grimsby Magistrates Court charged with murder and will appear next at Hull Crown Court.
Hibaldstow Aerodrome was at the center of a strange death in July 2003 that has been described as “unique in British criminal history”.
Stephen Hilder, 20, fell 13,000 feet to his death when both his main and reserve parachutes failed.
An investigation found that both canopies were tampered with at an expert level, but could not determine whether the incident was a homicide or a suicide.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6633459/skydiving-centre-boss-charged-killing-girlfriend/ The head of the skydiving center, 54, pictured after being accused of killing a beautician’s girlfriend, 50, at the village house