Dad and children 'all stabbed'

Police investigating the deaths of a man and two children whose bodies were found outside a car on a bridleway in Newton Stacey, Andover, on Sunday. Reports say the children had stab wounds.

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Father was former soldier

A father who police believe killed his two young children before killing himself was a former army sergeant who survived a devastating IRA bomb blast.

The 1982 bomb attack hit as Michael Pedersen's unit was taking part in changing of the guard. Four soldiers and seven horses were killed in the explosion.

Mr Pedersen's horse Sefton was left seriously injured, but despite 34 wounds that required eight hours of surgery, the animal survived.

Sefton later became symbolic of the struggle against the IRA and won the Horse of the Year.

A former colleague who served in the Household Cavalry with Mr Pedersen has told reporters he saw him in July at an event to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the bombing.

Alex Chalmers said: "He was in good spirits. He didn't mention anything at all, he was just good humoured."

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