Couple found dead at home ‘may have been killed over parking row’, say neighbours

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The man and woman, both in their 30s, were found dead last night in a home in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset. Two children who were in the property are said to be unhurt but distressed

A couple murdered in their home may have been killed in a row about parking, neighbours have said.

The man and woman, both in their 30s, were found dead last night in a home in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset. Two children who were in the property are said to be unhurt but distressed.

Residents living close to the couple said they had been friendly, and had two young sons aged around four and seven.

A woman living near by said: “We didn’t see much of (the suspect) really, but there had been rows in the past about parking.”

Two men, aged 34 and 67, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in custody for questioning.

A cordon remains in place at two properties on the street while officers carry out a number of enquiries, including a forensic examination of the scene.

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A formal identification process and post-mortem examinations to determine the causes of death will take place in due course.

Due to prior police contact with those involved, a voluntary referral will be made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

It would be inappropriate to go into further detail until the referral has been considered, Avon and Somerset Police has said.

Detective Inspector Neil Meade, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “The thoughts of everyone in the force this morning are with the families of the two people who sadly died last night.

“Two young children were inside the property at the time of the incident and while thankfully they weren’t hurt, they are understandably distressed at what has happened.

“They are being looked after and specially trained officers have been deployed to support the victim’s families in what is undoubtedly the most difficult of times.”

He added: “We will carry out a full and thorough investigation and we will do all we can to achieve justice for the victim’s families.

“While this appears to be an isolated incident, there will be increased police activity in the area to provide the community with reassurance.

“Incidents like this are very rare but when they do happen, we know they cause significant concern so we’d urge anyone with worries or questions to speak to an officer or contact their local neighbourhood policing team.

“If anyone has information which would help our investigation, please phone 101 and give the call-handler the reference number 5221274497.”

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