Grieving Leeds community is pulling together

Brother and sister Shanon and Shane Newman.
Brother and sister Shanon and Shane Newman.
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A COUNCILLOR has told of her hope that community spirit will slowly help the residents of Allerton Bywater come to terms with the killing of local mother Geraldine Newman and two of her children.

s reported in yesterday’s Yorkshire Evening Post, people from across the area attended a church service on Sunday to remember 51-year-old Mrs Newman and the lost youngsters, 11-year-old Shannon and six-year-old Shane.

Geraldine Newman with daughter Shannon.

Geraldine Newman with daughter Shannon.

Those attending the service included Kippax and Methley councillors Mary Harland, James Lewis and Keith Wakefield.

And, speaking to the YEP, Coun Harland said: “This tragedy has brought a sense of real shock and disbelief.

“It will take a long time to recover but the community in the village is a strong one and hopefully that will help the healing process which needs to be gone through.”

Shop manager Mrs Newman and her children were killed by her 42-year-old estranged husband Paul Newman, who later jumped to his death from a cliff in Wales.