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RSPCA: Swallowing fish in game 'simply not acceptable'

The RSPCA says swallowing fish as part of an online drinking challenge is 'simply not acceptable'.

A man from Herefordshire was today sentenced to an 18-month conditional discharge for causing unnecessary suffering to four fish, after he swallowed them taking part in the 'neknomination' game.

Pippa Boyd, from the RSPCA says she hopes today's sentencing is enough to put people off doing something similar.

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Prayers for couple found shot dead in Herefordshire

John Knott was found shot dead with his wife at their home near Bosbury
John Knott was found shot dead with his wife at their home near Bosbury Credit: West Mercia Police

Prayers will be held at the local church of a couple who were found shot dead at their home in Herefordshire earlier this week.

John Knott, who was 71, and his wife Anne who was 70, were both discovered by police at their home in Pow Green near the village of Bosbury on Monday.

The Holy Trinity church in Bosbury
The Holy Trinity church in Bosbury Credit: ITV News Central

Police later said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with their deaths.

Holy Trinity church will be open all day and a service of readings, prayers and quiet meditation will be held in Holy Trinity Church at 6pm.

Vicar, Nicky Seabright said:

"This is an opportunity for us all to come together and reflect on the tragedy in Bosbury this week and to pray for everyone caught up in this deeply distressing event."

– Vicar, Nicky Seabright

Read more: 'No evidence' of 3rd party involvement in shooting

Picture released of Herefordshire man found shot dead

John Knott
John Knott was found shot dead with his wife at their home Credit: BPM Media

The first picture of a man from Bosbury in Herefordshire who was found shot dead with his wife has been released.

John Knott, 71, and Anne Knott, 70, were found dead with gunshot wounds at their home in Pow Green on Monday.

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John and Anne Knott's home in Bosbury Credit: ITV News Central

Police say there is no evidence of any third party involvement.

Married couple from Herefordshire died of gunshot wounds

Police have confirmed a married couple from Bosbury in Herefordshire found dead on Monday died of gunshot wounds.

Anne Knott, aged 70, and John Knott, aged 71, were found at their home in Pow Green.

Police visited the Knott’s home on Monday after concerns were raised by their relatives. Sadly, a search of the property found them both deceased. They each had a single shotgun wound, which the post mortems have now confirmed were the cause of death.

A shotgun registered to Mr Knott was recovered at the scene.

At this stage of our investigation there is no evidence of any third part involvement and we can confirm we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the shootings. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family at this time.

We would like to speak to anyone who saw Anne and John Knott prior to Monday (11 August). At present, the last confirmed sighting was around midday on Saturday (9 August) and if anybody has had contact with them in recent days, we urge them to come forward.

– Detective Inspector Richard Rees of Hereford CID

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Police name couple believed to have been shot in Herefordshire

An elderly couple who died in what is believed to have been a shooting have been named.

John and Elizabeth Knott, who was known as Ann, were discovered dead at their home in Pow Green, near to the village of Bosbury, in Herefordshire on Monday morning.

Police say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Police reveal elderly couple believed to be shot dead

The elderly couple were believed to have been found shot dead at around 10:20am on Monday
The elderly couple were believed to have been found shot dead at around 10:20am on Monday Credit: ITV News Central

More details have been released about a double shooting in Herefordshire in which it is believed an elderly couple died.

It's after police were called to an address in the village of Bosbury in Herefordshire at around 10:20am on Monday.

Police originally said the shooting was in the Ledbury area
Police originally said the shooting was in the Ledbury area Credit: ITV News Central

Police say they are not currently looking for anyone else in connection with the shooting.

Officers say the deaths are being treated as unexplained, while further investigations and post-mortem examinations take place.

Investigations continue into Ledbury double shooting

Map of the Ledbury area
Police say the shootings happened in the 'Ledbury area' Credit: ITV News Central

Two people have been found shot dead at a house in Ledbury in Herefordshire.

The victims were found at about half past nine on Monday morning. Police are treating the deaths as unexplained, and investigations are ongoing.

Details are yet to be released about exactly where the shootings took place, with police saying just that it happened in the 'Ledbury area'.

Two found dead with gunshot wounds in Herefordshire

Two people have been found dead with gunshot wounds in the Ledbury area of Herefordshire, West Mercia Police said tonight.

I can confirm we are dealing with an incident in the Ledbury area where two people have been found dead at an address with gunshot wounds.

They have not been named as formal identification has not yet taken place by the family.

We are treating the deaths as unexplained.

It is too early to speculate what took place and police inquiries are continuing along with post mortems.

This took place yesterday, August 11th, at 0930.

– West Mercia Police spokesperson
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