Sheffield grandmother ‘brought so much joy to our lives’

Victim: Margaret Hobson.
Victim: Margaret Hobson.
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A GRANDMOTHER stabbed to death at her home in Sheffield was a ‘much-loved, caring and thoughtful wife, mother and gran’ her devastated husband said.

Michael Hobson’s wife Margaret, aged 57, was found dead at their home on Lister Road, Walkley.

A post mortem examination has revealed mother-of-two Mrs Hobson, who also had two young grandchildren, suffered multiple stab wounds.

The couple’s son, Scott Hobson, aged 32, of the same address, has been charged with her murder and appeared before Sheffield magistrates earlier today.

Michael said the family is ‘devastated’.

“Margaret died on Friday following tragic events at her home address,” he said in a statement.

“The shock of her untimely death has been so painful to us all. She brought so much joy to our lives and will be sorely missed.”

Neighbours said Margaret had recently been diagnosed with cancer for a second time after already battling the disease once before.

Michael said: “Margaret was so strong after recovering from serious illness.

“We are being supported by South Yorkshire Police who are investigating these events, and urge anyone who has any information to assist to contact the police.”

Mrs Hobson’s body was discovered at the family home at 7.20am on Friday.

A bouquet of flowers was placed on Mrs Hobson’s doorstep, and neighbours said yesterday her husband had not returned home.

One man, who lives in a terraced house opposite, said: “This has shocked the neighbourhood - this is a lovely, quiet street with lots of families here.

“We all tend to know each other in terms of saying hello and just passing the time of day.

“I knew Margaret and my heart goes out to her husband, Mick, who hasn’t been back since it happened.

“Margaret was devoted to her grandkids - they spent a lot of time with her.”

He said the road had remained sealed off at both ends for most of Friday.

“People who hadn’t already left for work were effectively trapped in their homes, but nobody minds - we all understand why the police needed to do that,” he added.

Another neighbour said: “I was at work when my wife texted me to tell me what had happened - it was a massive shock. You don’t expect that on your street.

“There was a lot of police activity all that day and officers keep coming back intermittently.”

Police sealed off the road and officers stood guard at both ends while initial investigations got underway.

The Hobson family home was cordoned off while forensics experts examined the property from top to bottom. A white tent was erected in the garden.

The police cordon was lifted on Saturday afternoon.

Anybody with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 162 of Friday, May 18. Information can also be passed to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.