DEVASTATED relatives of a mum-of-one stabbed to death on her way to work have spoken of their heartache.
The family of Alison Morrison have been left in a nightmare of pain and confusion after the 45-year-old was knifed half a mile from her house.
Yesterday Alison’s three sisters, Julie, Paula and Lorraine, who all live in Waterlooville, laid flowers at the scene of the brutal attack in Harrow, north London.
Alison grew up in Hooks Farm Way, Bedhampton, and was due to travel down next week from her London home to see her family to celebrate Christmas.
Her brother-in-law, Lee Richards, of Meadway, Waterlooville, told The News: ‘We are in shock.
‘It couldn’t have happened to a nicer lady.’
Alison, who was vice-chairwoman of her local Neighbourhood Watch scheme, was found dead after being set upon by a man carrying a large knife in a busy street.
She was found with multiple stab wounds at 7.45am on Thursday and died later that morning in hospital.
Mr Richards said Alison’s husband Cedric called the family to tell them something bad had happened.
‘You know what sisters are like – you can’t separate them,’ said Mr Richards.
‘They received a phone call from Cedric to say there had been a situation.
‘They left what they were doing and went straight up there.’
Paula received the news after stepping off the plane at London Heathrow airport following a 10-day holiday in Cuba.
Mr Richards said his wife Julie Brathwaite, a 52-year-old mum-of-two who runs a cleaning business, was inconsolable.
‘She’s in a mess,’ he said. ‘I have left them (the sisters) together – that’s the best way. A couple of years ago they lost their dad.
‘It’s taken them this long to get over that and now this has happened.’
Alison’s mother, Valerie Brathwaite, who still lives in the family home in Bedhampton, was too upset to speak yesterday.
Mr Richards said Alison was a ‘wonderful, caring mother’ to her son, 16-year-old Kori.
Mr Richards said: ‘Alison was here a couple of weeks ago.
‘My family were due to go up this weekend to the Olympia horse show.
‘They were going to stay at Alison’s home.’
He said Alison was a ‘very professional lady’ who did a lot of voluntary work for her community.
She was a senior manager at consumer organisation Which? and had moved to London for the job after studying a degree.
‘She was fun-loving and happy,’ said Mr Richards.
‘She was sensible and responsible. In my honest opinion, she was too good for her own good.’
Alison’s niece Bianca Brathwaite, from Waterlooville, said: ‘She was everything you could ask for in a woman, she was strong and always stood up for herself and her family and is loved dearly.’
Mr Richards said this would be an unbelievably difficult Christmas for the family, but they would all be together to support each other.
‘It’s a disaster – what can you say?’ he said.
‘It’s not exciting news, but it’s real life I’m afraid.
‘Alison had plans with her husband’s family this year so she was going to come next week to visit.’
Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens, borough commander for Harrow, said: ‘I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Alison in her role as the vice-chair of our borough’s Safer Neighbourhood Board. She was held in high regard locally, and truly cared about the borough. Her friends within the local community will be devastated by her loss.
‘The Homicide and Major Crime Command quickly arrested a man on suspicion of Alison’s murder, and their work is ongoing to establish the motive behind this crime.’
- Last night, Trevor Gibbon, 48, of Harrow, was charged with Alison’s murder. He was due before magistrates in London today.