'Custody battle' clue to deaths

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A father killed his five-year-old son and then himself over fears that he would lose the boy in a custody battle after splitting from his partner and suffering business problems, according to neighbours.

Chris Hall, 40, is thought to have drugged his diabetic son, also called Chris, before killing himself on Wednesday. He and his partner, Rachel, had split up three months ago.

A neighbour, Phil Haley, said that Mr Hall had also had "legal problems" with a café he ran with Ms Edwards at an industrial estate in Poole.