Pair found dead after porn arrest

 

An elderly woman and her son who were found dead at the bottom of cliffs have been identified by police.

The bodies of Elizabeth Gosling, 81, and 58-year-old Christopher Gosling were retrieved from the base of Beachy Head, near Eastbourne, East Sussex, after being spotted on March 21.

The pair, of Treharris Street, Cardiff, South Wales, are thought to have arrived at the renowned suicide spot at around 8.30am that day in a black Vauxhall Vectra which was found parked at the cliff-top.

Two days before they died, Mr Gosling had been arrested on suspicion of possessing child abuse pictures. He had been freed on police bail pending further inquiries.

Detectives from Sussex Police believe the pair stayed in the Eastbourne area on the night before they died. Their bodies were spotted by Coastguards.

Post-mortem examinations confirmed that they both died from multiple injuries.

A Sussex Police spokesman said today: "Their deaths are not being treated as suspicious and the matter has been passed to the coroner, who will open inquests very shortly."

Meanwhile, South Wales Police said that, following the deaths, the matter had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

A South Wales Police statement said: "On March 19 2012, a 58-year-old man from the Cathays area of Cardiff was arrested on suspicion of possessing indecent photographs.

"He was released on bail pending further inquiries.

"Following a recent incident in Sussex, the matter has been brought to the attention of the Independent Police Complaints Commission."

The 530ft (161.5m) chalk cliffs at Beachy Head, at the eastern end of the South Downs National Park, have long been a magnet for people wishing to end their lives.

Signs advertising the phone number for the Samaritans are posted yards from the cliff edge and members of the Beachy Head Chaplaincy Team have carried out regular patrols since 2004.

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