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Funeral of family killed in Allerton Bywater to take place

The funeral of a mother and her two children who were killed earlier this month will take place later today.

Geraldine Newman and her two children Credit: Family Photos

Geraldine Newman and her two children Shannon, and Shane were murdered at their home in Allerton Bywater. The body of her estranged husband Paul Newman was found two days later.

The service is near her parents' home in Wales.

Inquest opened into murder of mother and children

Geraldine Newman and daughter Shannon

The inquests into the deaths of a mother and her two children who were murdered by her estranged husband have been opened.

A coroner's court in Wakefield heard that police were alerted of the killings of 52-year-old Geraldine Newman and her children, Shannon, aged 11, and Shane, aged six, on the morning of February 2nd, after being called by a neighbour.

Paramedics who arrived at their home in Beeston Way, Allerton Bywater, near Leeds, confirmed the deaths of Wilkinson's store manager Geraldine and the children.

Coroner David Hinchliff said forensic reports showed that Geraldine died as a result of head injury, caused by blunt force trauma. Both Shannon and Shane died as a result of haemorrhage after suffering multiple stab wounds. Their bodies were identified by their uncle and Geraldine's brother Keiran Markey.

Shannon and Shane

The court heard how the body of Paul Newman - Geraldine's husband - was discovered at cliffs called Mousetrap Zawn in South Stack, Holyhead, Angelsey in North Wales at 5.25pm the same day. A pathologist confirmed the unemployed driver died as a result of multiple injuries, consistent with a fall.

My Hinchliff officially released each of the bodies for cremation and issued a death certificate, saying nobody else was indicated in the deaths. He said it was a tragedy for both families and asked for his condolences to be passed on.

None of the families of the deceased attended court for the 20 minute hearing. A full inquest into the deaths will be resumed at a later date.

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Service to be held in memory of murdered family

A service will be held tomorrow in memory of a mother and two children who were killed in Allerton Bywater earlier this week.

Geraldine Newman
Shannon and Shane

Geraldine Newman was found dead at her home last Tuesday alongside her two children Shannon and Shane. The body of Mrs Newman's estranged husband Paul Newman was found near cliffs at Anglesey in North Wales

Prayers will be read and candles will be lit in their memory at St Mary's church tomorrow afternoon.

Murder suspect had previously assaulted his wife

Geraldine Newman had been previously assaulted by husband

It has been revealed that Paul Newman, the man suspected of killing his wife and two children at a house in Allerton Bywater, had previously been convicted of assaulting his wife in 2013.

The case was assessed as 'high risk' and was monitored for 12 months, during which time no further incidents were reported to police.

Safer Leeds, the city's community safety partnership said the case was subject to a detailed review under the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference process.

The deaths of Geraldine Newman and her children, in such sudden and violent circumstances, are a truly terrible tragedy and we are doing everything we can to support the families involved at this difficult time.

The investigation to establish the full circumstances is ongoing and Coroner’s inquests will be held in due course. West Yorkshire Police, Leeds City Council and their partner agencies are committed to safeguarding victims of domestic abuse and work closely together to ensure the effective protection of victims and others while using the criminal justice system to hold the offender to account where appropriate.

West Yorkshire Police confirm that there is a recorded domestic incident involving this family in July 2013 when Paul Newman was arrested and later charged with common assault on Geraldine Newman. He received a custodial sentence at court.

As with all cases of this nature, there will be full and detailed multi-agency review of the circumstances which will include an examination of any previous contact with any relevant agencies.

– Safer Leeds, the city’s community safety partnership

Meanwhile, the daughter of Mrs Newman has issued a statement in which she asks for privacy.

What has happened to my family is absolutely tragic. I would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and condolences. This is a very difficult time for us and I would ask that people respect our privacy while we continue to grieve with family and friends.

– Stacey Swinson, Geraldine Newman's daughter

Flowers left in memory of murdered family

Colleagues and friends of Geraldine, Shanon and Shane Newman have left flowers outside the family home.

Post-mortem examinations have shown that Mrs Newman died from head injuries and the two children each died from stab wounds.

Her colleagues at Wilko's left a message saying, "You are now with the Angels. RIP Gerry, Shanon and Shane."

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Investigations continue over Allerton Bywater murders

Police are continuing to investigate the deaths of three people in a house in Allerton Bywater.

Geraldine Newman was found in a house in Allerton Bywater

Geraldine Newman, along with her two children, were found on Tuesday afternoon in a house in Beeston Way, in the town near Castleford.

Police say they are continuing to investigate the body of a man found in Anglesey, North Wales, with the deaths.

Schools: Prayers with family of murdered children

Schools, believed to be of the two children murdered in a house in Allerton Bywater on Tuesday have released a joint statement.

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St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & St Joseph’s Primary School say that while the identities of those involved have not yet been confirmed, they are preparing their pupils for the possibility they may have been their classmates:

We are aware that a woman and two children were found dead at a house in Allerton Bywater yesterday and that police are investigating their deaths as murder.

While the police are still working to officially confirm the identities of those involved they are believed to be a Year 7 student at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School, her brother, a Year 1 pupil at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Castleford and their mother. We are aware that police are liaising with colleagues in North Wales following the discovery of a man’s body there yesterday.

Exactly what happened and how this tragedy occurred is subject of an ongoing police investigation. We are unable to provide any further details at the moment but are aware that the police have described it as a domestic-related incident.

The students and children have been notified via their form tutors and class teachers this morning. We have ongoing support in place for all our children, students and staff.

Our prayers are with the family and friends at this very sad time.

– Statement from St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & St Joseph’s Primary School, Castleford

Police: Post-mortem due on Allerton Bywater murder victims

Police are continuing to investigate the murder of a woman and two children in Allerton Bywater, near Castleford.

Police at the scene of the murder in Allerton Bywater Credit: ITV News

Post-mortem examinations will take place today to establish the causes of the deaths of the victims who were found at a house in Beeston Way, Allerton Bywater, yesterday morning.

Work to formally identify the woman and two children is ongoing and we are not yet in a position to publicly confirm their identities, though we hope to be able to do that later today. We are also continuing to liaise with North Wales Police to confirm the identity of the man who was found dead on cliffs at South Stack, Anglesey, yesterday.

– DCI Warren Stevenson
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