Gracie Spinks, 23, was found seriously injured but died at scene in Duckmanton in Derbyshire

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A horse rider killed in a field attack had previously taken a restraining order out on a stalker, it has been claimed.

Gracie Spinks died in a suspected murder-suicide on Friday morning in Duckmanton, near Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

The 23-year-old part-time model is understood to have been tending to her horse Paddy when the attacker struck.

Paramedics were called to the scene in Staveley Road at 8.40am but were unable to save her, while the body of a man in his 30s was later found half a mile away.

A friend of aspiring eventer and show jumper Gracie said she had been "bothered by a weird man who was totally obsessed with her".

“We are aware that she had a stalker but didn't know who he was. We heard she had taken out a restraining order against him because he was becoming quite a pest," the unnamed pal told the Sun.

Friends claim Gracie had taken a restraining order out on a stalker

“She’s a beautiful young woman, very popular, and he was obsessed with her and kept turning up at the stables. He was infatuated with her.

“Gracie was a very private person who didn't disclose much about her personal life. She had a close knit circle of friends who she trusted."

Another friend also told the newspaper Gracie was recently being bothered by someone "obsessed" with her.

Derbyshire Police said it could not shed any further light in relation to the alleged stalker.

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A spokesperson said: "We cannot confirm or deny this. As this is a live investigation we are not able to comment."

Gracie reportedly modelled part-time for a London agency in order to fund her showjumping, cross country and dressage.

Tributes have flooded in across social media, while mourners have also laid flowers outside her family home.

The aspiring show jumper had reportedly been tending to horse Paddy when she was attacked

A Derbyshire police spokesman said yesterday it was believed the two deaths were linked and they were not looking for anyone else.

The force said in a statement: "Officers investigating the death of a woman in Duckmanton can now confirm that a body of a man was also found in the town and that we believe the two deaths are linked.

"We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths."

The force said in a statement: "Officers investigating the death of a woman in Duckmanton can now confirm that a body of a man was also found in the town and that we believe the two deaths are linked.

Gracie was described as a very private person who loved horses

"We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

"A woman was found injured in a field near to Staveley Road at around 8.40am. Paramedics attended and the woman, who was in her early 20s, sadly died at the scene.

"At 11am, the body of a man in his mid-30s was found in a field off Tom Lane, Duckmanton.

"We have traced and informed both families and specialist officers are supporting them at this time.

"We appreciate that what has happened in Duckmanton will have shocked and upset many people in the community and officers will carry out extra patrols in the coming days.

"We would urge you to stop and speak to an officer if you wish to raise any concerns.

"Anyone with any information is asked to contact using the following methods quoting reference number 21*000338849."

The Mirror has contacted Derbyshire Police for further comment.