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Tragic council leader had seemed "depressed"

A neighbour of a council leader and his wife who died of gunshot wounds at the weekend said the husband had seemed "really depressed" the day before their deaths.

Derek Houlston, whose garden backs on to the couple's property, said:

"He was always very friendly but we saw him doing his paper round - which she got him to do to keep fit - on Saturday and he seemed really depressed. I said hello but he just kept his head down and didn't respond. It's really sad because they seemed like such a lovely couple."

David Stow, who lives nearby, said "I knew them to speak to and they always seemed a very nice couple."