Mum-of-two, 40, ‘had throat slashed’ in street on Shetland in Scottish islands’ third murder in 50 years

A MUM-OF-TWO was found dead in the street with claims her throat was slashed in a horrific knife attack on the sleepy Shetland Islands.

Tracy Anderson, 40, was discovered in the early hours of Tuesday on the rural Scottish isle – with two people arrested over her death.

A man, aged 31, and woman, 27, are now being quizzed by Police Scotland as part of the investigation.

The horrific attack on the island, of just 23,000 people, has left the small community reeling.

It is believed to be the third murder on the Shetland Islands in the last 50 years.

It comes as Tracy’s family remembered the 40-year-old as the “best human being” as they struggled to come to terms with her loss.

Tracy’s shattered brother Dell Smith, 43, told The Sun: “She was the best human being you could meet.

“She was all the cliches — good and warm-hearted. This has just come out of the blue for me.”

One source claimed to the Daily Record that Tracy had died in a “gruesome” attack.

They said: “Officers were faced with a pretty gruesome scene. This was a young mum whose life has been tragically ended in what looks like a horrific knife attack.”

And members of the community revealed their shock at the mother’s death.

One local said: “It is absolutely horrific. This kind of thing just doesn’t happen on the island.”

Councillor John Fraser added: “This is a terrible tragedy.”

Emergency services had been called to Ladies Drive in Lerwick about 2.05am on Tuesday to find the mother – pronouncing her dead at the scene.

Detective Inspector Ross Fitzgerald of the Police Scotland Major Investigation Team said: “Our enquiries remain ongoing and are at a relatively early stage.

“However, I would take the opportunity to stress there is no apparent risk to the wider community.”

“A significant police presence is likely to remain in the area during the coming days, with officers from the local policing team in Lerwick working with specialist colleagues from the Major Investigations Team.

“We are grateful to the local community for their understanding while this investigation continues.

“Anyone with information about this incident who has not yet spoken to police is asked to contact 101 quoting incident 343 of July 30. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”