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Man charged with double murder in Farnham

Eighty-two year old John Leo Lowe of Tilford in Farnham, has been charged with two counts of murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The charges follow the discovery of two women's bodies at a property off Crooksbury Road in Farnham on Sunday 23 February 2014. Surrey Police had been called to the address after reports that a firearm had been discharged.

John Leo Lowe has been remanded to appear before Guildford Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Women died from gun shot wounds

The bodies of two women found at an address in Farnham on 23rd February 2014 have been formally identified as 66-year-old Surrey resident Christine Lee and 40-year-old Surrey resident Lucy Lee.

Post-mortem examinations carried out on the two women have given the cause of death as gunshot wounds.

An 82-year-old man arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder remains in police custody after an extension was granted by magistrates yesterday evening to hold him for another 24 hours.

It is extremely sad that two people have lost their lives and police family liaison officers are working to support their relatives and friends at this very difficult time.

We are conducting a full and thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding these two deaths, however, at this time, we believe this is an isolated incident and there is no further risk to the wider community.

Officers remain at the scene conducting enquiries and will be on site for some time. This investigation is in its early stages and we will issue further updates when we have them."

– Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Preston

A murder investigation was launched by detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Police Major Crime Team after the bodies of the two women were found at an address off Crooksbury Road shortly before 10am.

Four dogs were also found dead at the property with gunshot wounds.

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Guns were seized then returned

Surrey Police has confirmed it previously confiscated guns from the scene of a double murder investigation in Farnham.

In a statement, it said a shotgun licence and several licensed guns had been taken from the address in May last year, but were returned just a couple of months later.

The force has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Surrey Police had had previous contact with parties involved in this incident and has referred a past contact to the IPCC.

In May 2013 a shotgun licence and a number of licensed shotguns were seized from the address however the licence and guns were returned in July 2013.

We are in the process of establishing if one of these licensed guns was the firearm recovered on Sunday.

Surrey Police is reviewing the return of the licence to ensure compliance with Home Office guidelines and has referred this matter to the IPCC."

– Surrey Police statement

The IPCC has confirmed it is considering the referral.

Surrey Police refers itself to complaints watchdog

Surrey Police has referred itself the the Independent Police Complaints Commission, while it investigates the deaths of two women in Farnham.

There have been reports guns were confiscated from the property seven months before the two were found with gunshot wounds. The weapons were later returned.

A spokesperson for the Independent Police Complaints Commission confirmed the matter had been referred to them. They said: "We have a referral and are assessing it to determine our level of involvement."

History of dogs and puppies being sold from property

Video. Two women have been shot dead at a secluded property on the Hampshire Surrey border. Four dogs also died from gunshot wounds. One of the victims was in her forties, the other was in her sixties. Tonight, an 82-year-old man is under arrest.

Police and the RSPCA are now at the farm where it happened, which has a history of selling dogs and puppies to the public.

Rachel Hepworth has the story.

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Man arrested for shooting dead women and dogs named

An 82-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder in Surrey has been named by a source as breeder John Lowe.

He has previously been convicted of illegal puppy farming several years ago.

The pensioner has been arrested after 2 women and 4 dogs were shot dead at a property in Waverly Lane, Farnham.

The body of a woman in her sixties was found inside whilst the body another woman in her forties was found outside, near animal pens out the back.

The house in Farnham is now under investigation Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Both women are believed to have been related to the man.

The four dogs that were shot included three German Sheperds and one Labrador, which have been removed from the house.

Police at the house where 2 women and 4 dogs were shot dead Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Police believe Farnham deaths are an 'isolated incident'

Police have made a statement regarding the deaths of two women in Farnham, Surrey. They have arrested an 82-year-old man on suspicion of murder.

It is extremely sad that two people have lost their lives and police family liaison officers are working to support their relatives and friends at this very difficult time.

We are conducting a full and thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding these two deaths, however, at this time, we believe this is an isolated incident and there is no further risk to the wider community.

Officers remain at the scene conducting enquiries and will be on site for some time. This investigation is in its early stages and we will issue updates when we have them.

– Detective Chief Inspector, Mark Preston

RSPCA safeguarding animals at home of double killing

Two women and four dogs have been shot dead in a suspected killing spree at a secluded property in Surrey.

A murder investigation is now under way as an 82-year-old has been arrested and remains in police custody.

The RSPCA have said they are working with the police to safeguard the welfare of a number of animals at the property, including dogs and horses.

The RSPCA is working with the police to safeguard a number of animals found at the property Credit: ITV Meridian
At the scene of the crime in Farnham, Surrey Credit: ITV Meridian
Surrey Police and the RSPCA are at the property in Farnham Credit: ITV Meridian
Police have blocked the entrance to the property for now Credit: ITV Meridian
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