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Funeral to be held for children killed in Shropshire

The family of Ruth Fuller, whose children and husband died in tragic circumstances in Shrewsbury last month, have issued a statement about the funeral arrangements.

We will be holding a small family funeral service soon. We are extremely grateful for all the messages of support we have received, however we would kindly request that our privacy be respected at this difficult time, and will be keeping the service as strictly family and close friends only. We are also requesting family flowers only.

We will be arranging a memorial service in the coming weeks which will be open to anyone who wishes to attend, and we are extremely grateful for all the community's donations towards this..

– JOHANNA BALLARD, STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF FAMILY

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Three children stabbed to death

Ceri Fuller Credit: Gloucestershire Police

A post mortem has revealed that three children found dead in Shropshire were stabbed to death with a knife.

Sam Fuller, 12, and sisters Rebecca, eight, and seven-year-old Charlotte, all died from stab wounds.

The family had been reported missing after the children did not turn up for school on Friday.Police found the four bodies at Poles Coppice, Pontesbury Hill, near Shrewsbury - 75 miles from the family home in Milkwall, near Coleford, Gloucestershire.

The results of an examination on the children's father, Ceri Fuller, whose body was found in a disused quarry, are expected to be revealed tomorrow.

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Police find a weapon in Shropshire deaths

Police investigating the deaths of a father and his three young children say they have found a weapon. A knife has been recovered from the woods, close to the bodies of Sam, Rebecca and Charlotte Fuller.

Their deaths are being treated as murder. A church service has been held in their memory - and the vicar said there were emotions of sadness, anger and confusion.

Fuller family issue statement

Members of the family found dead in Shropshire yesterday have issued a statement.

The Fuller and Tocknell families are devastated by this tragedy. Ceri was a gentle, sensitive and intelligent man but also a very private one.

He loved his children dearly and they were such a focal point of his life. His relationship with each one of them was one of gentleness, involvement and attentive nurturing.

Sam, Rebecca and Charlie were such charming individuals, brought up in an environment of love.

We cannot begin to imagine what was going through the mind of this gentle man to drive him to such tragic actions.

We would ask all to respect our privacy at this time.

– David Fuller, grandfather to the children

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Knife found at Fuller children murder scene

West Mercia Police have recovered a knife and one line of inquiry detectives are following is that Mr Fuller killed the children before taking his own life.

The force launched a murder investigation but described the deaths as a "tragic family situation" and are not looking for anyone else.

I can disclose that a weapon has been recovered from the scene. Officers involved in the search found a knife in the vicinity of where the bodies were found. It will now be forensically examined. One line of inquiry being considered is that the father took the children's lives before taking his own."

– Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson

Mother of Fuller children speaks

The mother of the three children who may have been killed by their father spoke today of her devastation.

I don't have the words to describe how I feel at the moment. All I would ask is that I be left alone to grieve for my family.

– Ruth Fuller

Sam, 12, and his sisters Becka, aged eight, and seven-year-old Charlotte were found dead yesterday along with their father Ceri, 35.

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