Police waiting to quiz man over murders
Tuesday 24 August 2010
Post-mortem examinations are due to be carried out on the bodies of two women found murdered following a house fire in Devon.
Firefighters discovered the remains of the victims, both aged 35, on Sunday morning while attending a blaze at a rented property in Barnstaple. Source said they were stabbed prior to the fire.
A 40-year-old man who was badly injured in the incident is being treated as the key suspect. Officers have so far been unable to interview him.
The suspect remained at North Devon District Hospital on Tuesday under police guard. His condition was described as "serious but stable".
It is believed that one of the victims lived at the property in Fort Mead Close. The other was a visiting friend, police said. Neither was formally identified.
Emergency services discovered their murdered bodies after responding to reports of a fire at the property.
Neighbour Josephine Palmer, 84, said: "My carer called the fire brigade because she saw smoke coming from the house. It was at about 9am and they were with us within five minutes. It was very impressive.
"I don't know who the people are though - neighbours aren't what they used to be."
Speaking on Monday, Supt Richard Baker, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "This is a very early stage in the police inquiry and we are still trying to piece together the series of events which preceded this tragedy. We are still in the process of identifying the two bodies, how they came to be there and notifying the two deceased's next-of-kin.
"This is a very unusual incident and we appreciate that the local residents have concerns."
No arrests have as yet been made. Witnesses are asked to contact police on 08452 777444 quoting log 404 220810.
Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
Five-year-old Iris Grace is raising awareness of autism through her extraordinary paintings
Car tax disc changes: Five facts you never knew about your (almost obsolete) tax disc
The Aral Sea: Nasa pictures show how what was once the fourth largest lake in the world has become almost completely dry
Amal Alamuddin: Human rights lawyer's legal chambers forced to upgrade website following George Clooney wedding
Isis, we are told, is a 'clear and dangerous threat to our way of life'. I’m sorry, but I just don’t buy it
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Car tax disc changes: Two days to go - and they affect you much more than just not displaying a piece of paper
- 3 Ed Sheeran dedicates song to David Cameron
- 4 Now we know whose fault it is if you end up being murdered in Thailand
- 5 35,000 walrus gather ashore on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
- < Previous
- Next >