Cromer shooting funerals

The funerals are being held today for the former leader of North Norfolk Council who shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.

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Tributes paid to couple who died in shooting

A town turned out today to pay their respects to a council leader and his wife who died from gunshot wounds earlier this month.

Hundreds of mourners attended a joint service in Cromer church for Keith Johnson, who shot dead his wife Andrea before killing himself.

There were tributes to both of them before they were laid to rest together. Andrea Johnson was described as a bundle of joy whose smile would light up a room.


Joint funerals for former council leader and his wife who he's thought to have shot

Andrea Johnson and Keith Johnson were found dead in Cromer Credit: ITV Anglia

The funerals are being held today of a man and a woman found shot dead near Cromer.

Keith Johnson the former leader of North Norfolk Council is believed to have shot his wife Andrea in Compit Hills on the 2nd December before turning the gun on himself.

Mrs Johnson's family have asked people going to her funeral to wear brightly-coloured clothing to honour her vibrant personality.

Dead council leader had shotgun at his side

Keith and Andrea Johnson Credit: ITVAnglia

A Norfolk council leader suspected of shooting his wife then himself was found with the weapon at his side, a coroner has said. Norfolk Police believe North Norfolk District Council leader Keith Johnson, 58, killed his wife Andrea, 44, with a shotgun before killing himself.

They are investigating possible motives including aspects of their personal lives.

Norfolk coroner William Armstrong opened and adjourned an inquest into the deaths.

He said a post-mortem examination found Mrs Johnson, formerly Chadwick, a customer services representative originally from Corby, Northamptonshire, was shot in the chest. She was found in a neighbour's front garden and paramedics could not resuscitate her, Mr Armstrong said.

Mr Johnson, originally from Sheringham, was found in the back garden of the couple's home in Roughton, near Cromer, with a gunshot wound to the neck. Police believe he used one of four shotguns registered to his wife.

Mr Armstrong said: "It is unlikely there will be any criminal prosecution arising out of this but these matters are now subject to a police investigation on behalf of the coroner."

A full inquest will be held at a later date.


Post mortem confirms gunshot wounds were cause of death

Andrea and Keith Johnson Credit: Graham Lewis

Post mortem results have confirmed that the couple shot dead in Cromer died of gunshot wounds.

Officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Major Investigation Team are continuing their investigation into what lies behind the deaths of Andrea and Keith Johnson, at Compit Hills, Cromer, on Sunday.

Local neighbourhood officers and Police Community Support Officers are still at the scene and will be working with detectives to support and reassure their families and the wider community affected by the tragic events.

Family pay tribute to Cromer murder victim

The family of Cromer shooting victim Andrea Johnson say they are devastated by her death.

Police say they believe Andrea, who was 44, was shot dead by her husband Keith in the garden of their home at Compit Hills just outside Cromer. He then turned the gun on himself. Her family issued a tribute.

She was a wonderful daughter, aunt and sister. She was so bubbly and full of life, she adored her family and has been tragically taken from us. She will be very sorely missed.Please leave us to grieve in peace at this sad time.'

– Andrea Johnson's family

Wife was shot before council leader turned gun on himself

The detective leading the investigation into the deaths of a couple in Cromer has confirmed police believe that the woman was shot before the man turned the gun on himself.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Guy, commenting on the enquiry said:

"While investigations continue into the full circumstances surrounding the couple's deaths, at the moment it is thought that two shots were fired. We believe the first shot led to the death of the woman followed by the second shot which led to the death of the man."

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