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Man charged with murder as tributes paid to 'outstanding' Cardinal Pole teacher

PUBLISHED: 12:41 06 January 2016

Katie Locke

Katie Locke

© Andrew Lunn Photography 2015

Tributes have been paid to a 23 year-old Homerton schoolteacher, who was found dead on Christmas Eve at a Georgian mansion house hotel.

GV of Cardinal Pole Catholic School, of 205 Morning Lane. GV of Cardinal Pole Catholic School, of 205 Morning Lane.

The body of Katie Locke was discovered at the four-star Theobalds Park Hotel in Hertfordshire, a grade II listed Georgian mansion set in 55 acres of parkland.

Miss Locke had joined Cardinal Pole, a Roman Catholic secondary school in Morning Lane, as a history and politics teacher in September.

Carl Langdell, 26, a trainee lawyer of Roundmoor Drive, Waltham Cross, was charged with her murder on Christmas Day and has been remanded in custody.

Headteacher at Cardinal Pole, Jane Heffernan, said: “Katie was an exceptional young teacher of history and politics; an outstanding practitioner and caring form teacher.

“As a school community we are shocked at the news of her death and will greatly miss a highly respected and much loved member of staff. “Katie, her family and friends remain in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May she rest in peace.”

In a statement released by police, Miss Locke’s parents John and Jennifer Locke, said their future “has been stolen”.

“As a family we are distraught, in shock and totally devastated,” they said.

“Katie worked hard and loved her job as a teacher. In what little spare time she had she enjoyed sports. There was not a bad bone in Katie’s body.”

Mr Langdell, a BPP Law School student who founded Langdell Legal Associates in August according to his CV, is due to appear at St Albans Crown Court on Friday January 8.

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