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Father killed his children

An inquest has ruled that a father unlawfully killed his two children before committing suicide.

The bodies of Michael Pedersen, his seven-year-old son, Ben, and his daughter, Freya, who was six, were found in a car in September.

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Pedersen inquests continue

The bodies of Michael Pedersen and two of his children were found near Newton Stacey in Hampshire Credit: ITV London

The inquests will resume today into the deaths of two children killed by their father and found in a country lane in Hampshire.

The bodies of six-year-old Freya and seven-year-old Ben were found alongside their father in Newton Stacey, near Andover. They'd been stabbed.

Trooper Michael Pedersen with Sefton, who both survived an IRA bomb attack in 1982 Credit: PA Archive

Their father, Michael, 51, also died of stab wounds. Following his death, it emerged he had been a survivor of an IRA bomb attack in Hyde Park in 1982, along with his horse Sefton, who famously recovered from horrific wounds caused by the explosion, which killed four soldiers and seven horses.

Sefton survived the 1982 bomb despite suffering 24 wounds which required eight hours of surgery Credit: PA Archive

It was also revealed that the former army sergeant had recently split from his wife, with whom he ran a haulage business.

The inquest will take place in front of the Central Hampshire Coroner in Winchester.

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