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Murdered woman named

Rev Susan Lancaster

A woman who was found murdered at her home in Leeds yesterday has been named.

Suzanne Louise Lancaster, aged 67, was found by officers who attended her address in Talbot Avenue after a man contacted North Yorkshire Police with information.

The 54-year-old man who was subsequently found dead at Malham Cove has also been named as her husband Roy Lancaster.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, of West Yorkshire Police Protective Services (Crime), said: "We have been in contact with the couple's family and our enquiries are ongoing. As we said earlier, we are not looking for anyone in connection with this incident."

Arrest in Lincoln murder case

Detectives investigating the death of Mingzi Yang in Lincoln on Tuesday 17 June have revealed they have made a further arrest.

"The person in custody is currently being interviewed about Mingzi's death and, at this early stage, I am not releasing further details about the arrest. We are continuing to build up a picture of Mingzi's life and I would like to take another opportunity to appeal to anyone who knew her since her arrival in the UK in 2008 to contact us.

"There may still be college friends, neighbours and casual acquaintances who might have information that could assist the enquiry, especially if they saw her on the morning of her death".

– Senior Investigating Officer DCI Martin Holvey

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting incident 181 of 17/06/2014. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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Bullet marks 'consistent with Colt Commando revolver'

Forensic scientist Khaldoun Kabbani has told the jury at Nottingham Crown Court that the lines and grooves found on the four bullets recovered from the bodies of William and Patricia Wycherley are consistent with being fired from a Colt Commando revolver.

Phil Brewster is reporting for ITV News Central. More to follow...

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Trial ongoing as Christopher and Susan Edwards deny murder

The trial of a husband and wife accused of murdering an elderly couple in Nottinghamshire has resumed today Credit: ITV News Central

The trial of a husband and wife accused of murdering an elderly couple in Nottinghamshire has resumed today.

Christopher and Susan Edwards are charged with killing her parents Patricia and William Wycherley between May 1st and May 5th 1998.

The Wycherley's remains were found buried in the back garden of their house on Blenheim Close at Forest Town in Mansfield last October.

Susan Edwards has admitted the manslaughter of her mother. She and her husband both deny murder.

The trial at Nottingham crown court continues.


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Firearms expert gives evidence at Edwards trial

A firearms expert has began giving evidence at Nottingham Crown Court Credit: ITV News Central

A firearms expert has began giving evidence at the trial of Susan & Christopher Edwards.

Mr Khaldoun Kabbani, who is a Forensic Scientist, has told the jury at Nottingham Crown Court that he attended the post-mortem examinations of William & Patricia Wycherley at Nottingham's Queens Medical Centre.

Phil Brewster is reporting for ITV News Central. More to follow...

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Garden bodies were 'wrapped in duvets'

The bodies of William Wycherley and his wife Patricia were wrapped in duvets that each had two bullets in them, a court has heard.

Their daughter, Susan Edwards and her husband Christopher, are accused of murdering the couple 16 years ago and burying their bodies in their back garden in Mansfield.

ITV News Correspondent Ben Chapman, who is at Nottingham Crown Court, reports:

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Jury hears man's account to police of Mansfield deaths

Christopher and Susan Edwards Credit: Police Handout

A jury in trial of a husband and wife accused of murdering the woman's parents in Mansfield eight months ago has heard what the man told police.

The jury heard that Christopher Edwards told police that his wife Susan had travelled to see her parents, William and Patricia Wycherley, on Mayday 1998. That she had heard her parents arguing before hearing a shot.

And that upon entering the room she saw her mother holding a pistol and her father on the floor.

The court heard an argument took place after her mother told Susan Edwards that her father had abused Susan as a child, and that she (Patricia Wycherley) had slept with Christopher Edwards.

Christopher Edwards then told police that his wife Susan had shot her mother.

The court heard that Christopher Edwards told police that when his wife told him about the shootings, he assisted in burying the bodies in the garden.

The jury heard that Susan Edwards told police in a statement that she had shot her mother - Patricia Wycherley - after severe provocation.

Susan Edwards, 56, admits the manslaughter of her mother, and both she and Christopher Edwards, 57, admit burying both bodies and theft.

They both deny murdering Mr and Mrs Wycherley.

Daughter claims she killed mother because she had shot her father

The garden where William and Patricia Wycherley were buried Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Nottingham Crown Court was told that Susan Edwards has admitted the manslaughter of her mother on the basis of provocation.

After her arrest, the court heard, she told police she believed her mother had shot her father during the bank holiday weekend, and she had then argued with Mrs Wycherley before shooting her more than once.

In her account, Mrs Edwards told police that her mother claimed during the argument to have had a sexual relationship with Christopher Edwards in the early 1990s.

But Mr Joyce asserted that her account of killing her mother - when her husband was elsewhere - and then picking up empty bullet casings had been invented before her arrest.

In his police interviews, Christopher Edwards backed up his wife's claims, and denied travelling from London to Mansfield to help her kill her parents.

He told officers he had been a member of a gun club based in Earls Court in London and had possessed a firearms certificate between 1979 and 1995.

He also claimed to have travelled to Mansfield a week after the Wycherleys died to bury their bodies, which had been placed under a bed.

Concluding his opening remarks, Mr Joyce told the jury panel: "The prosecution's case is that the story (given to police by the Edwards) had been concocted and agreed by the defendants to explain the evidence that I have told you about.

"Susan Edwards' parents, visited by their daughter and son-in-law some time during that weekend, were each shot twice whilst they were facing the person holding the gun.

"They were shot in the same way by the same person.

"The weapon had clearly been taken to Forest Town, Mansfield, in order to carry out the murder.

"It was a joint plan and they got away with it by lying and deceit for 15 years, until they ran out of money because the Centenarian Society wanted to know about the father and they had to run away."

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