A dancer was stabbed to death in what police believe to be murder-suicide by her boyfriend, an inquest has heard.

Maddie Durdant-Hollamby, 22, was discovered dead by police at a property in Kettering, Northamptonshire, following concerns over her welfare on August 27.

She was found at the same property on Slate Drive as her boyfriend Benjamin Green, 41, who also died from self-inflicted stab wounds, Northamptonshire Police said.

At an inquest today, senior coroner for Northamptonshire Anne Pember said that Ms Durdant-Hollamby's body was identified by her father.

Her cause of death was stab wounds to the chest, the court was told.

Police treated the death of Ms Durdant-Hollamby as murder with no-one else being sought in connection.

The coroner adjourned the brief inquest until January 13 next year.

In a statement released after her death, Ms Durdant-Hollamby's family said: "We are absolutely devastated at the loss of Maddie, our beautiful daughter, sister, granddaughter and niece.

"Our hearts are broken and we cannot begin to imagine life without her. The shock and pain we are feeling is indescribable."

Speaking to the BBC, Detective Inspector Nicole Main said Northamptonshire Police was supporting Ms Durdant-Hollamby's family.

She said: "Our investigation has found no known background of domestic abuse in this case so far, but we continue to appeal to anyone with any information they believe to be relevant to our inquiries to contact us."

Ms Durdant-Hollamby's family had previously put out a statement following her death, calling her a ‘beautiful person’ in a career that was ‘blossoming’.

The statement read: "Our hearts are broken and we cannot begin to imagine life without her.

"The shock and pain we are feeling is indescribable.

"She was a beautiful person both inside and out, who loved nothing more than spending time with her family and friends.

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"Maddie was a kind, caring, thoughtful young woman, who touched the lives of everyone she met.

"Her life has been sadly cut short just as her career was blossoming.

"Our thoughts are with everybody who knew and loved Maddie as much as we did."

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