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Pensioners' deaths remain 'unexplained'

Berkeley Road in Newbury, where an elderly woman has been found dead in the same house as a man who had suffered multiple injuries. Credit: Mick Hopley

The "unexplained" deaths of two pensioners in Berkshire are still being investigated as officers await the results of post-mortem examinations.

The body of an 89-year-old woman was discovered in a property in Berkeley Road, Newbury, on Sunday morning.

A 94-year-old man was also found in the house, suffering from injuries to his head, ribs and shoulder.

He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but died on Sunday night, Thames Valley Police said.

Post-mortem examinations are expected to be carried out today.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Gill Wootton said: "We are continuing to treat both of these deaths as unexplained until the post-mortem results are known.

"We are yet to determine fully the circumstances which led to these people's deaths and will keep an open mind until all forensic tests and investigative searches are carried out on the property where they were found."

Next of kin have been informed but formal identification has yet to take place.

Earlier, police said early indications suggested there were no signs of a forced entry to the property.

Second pensioner dies in Newbury incident - police statement

Thames Valley Police is continuing its investigation into the unexplained death of an 89-year-old woman, whose body was discovered in a property in Berkeley Road yesterday.

A 94-year-old man also discovered in the home was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but subsequently died last night as a result of his injuries.

Forensic post mortems are expected to be carried out today.

Next of kin have been informed but formal identification has yet to take place.

We are continuing to treat both of these deaths as unexplained until the post mortem results are known.

“We are yet to determine fully the circumstances which led to these people’s deaths and will keep an open mind until all forensic tests and investigative searches are carried out on the property where they were found.”

– Det Ch Insp Gill Wootton

Elderly woman found dead at house

Mystery surrounds the death of an elderly woman who was found in the same Berkshire property as a man who had suffered multiple injuries, according to police.

Thames Valley Police say they are treating the death of the woman, who was found at the address in Berkeley Road, Newbury, on Sunday morning as unexplained.

The woman, in her 80s, was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

A man, in his 90s, was also found in the property, suffering from injuries to his head, ribs and shoulder.

He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where he is being treated for his injuries.

Both the man and woman were found in the property in Berkeley Road and early indications suggest there were no signs of a forced entry.

"We are still investigating this incident and are yet to determine the circumstances of the woman's death and the man's injuries."

– Det Ch Insp Gill Wootton

Pensioner death - police statement

Thames Valley Police has launched an investigation into an unexplained death Credit: TVP

Thames Valley Police has launched an investigation into an unexplained death - after the discovery of an elderly woman’s body at an address in Newbury yesterday morning.

Police were called to the property in Berkeley Road just before 10am, where they discovered the body of a woman in her eighties.

She was declared dead at the scene by paramedics.

A man, in his nineties, was also found in the property, suffering from injuries to his head, ribs and shoulder. He was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where he is being treated.

Det Chief Insp Gill Wootton said: "Both the man and woman were found in the property in Berkeley Road and early indications suggest there were no signs of a forced entry.

"We are still investigating this incident and are yet to determine the circumstances of the woman’s death and the man’s injuries. Anyone with any information is asked to contact us on 101."

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Body found in fire yet to be identified

Detectives are working to establish the identity of a body discovered among the debris of a fire in a supermarket car park.

The human remains were found by a police dog handler at Sainsbury's in Chippenham, Wiltshire, at 3am yesterday.

Wiltshire Police said the handler became suspicious after spotting a fire in the car park while on routine patrol. Once the fire was put out, a body was discovered in the debris.

Police have not been able to identify the age or sex of the victim because of its decomposed state but a post-mortem examination is to take place later.

Det Ch Insp Mark Power said it was too early to say whether the circumstances surrounding the death were suspicious.

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