Council chief and wife dead

A council leader and his wife have been found shot dead on a housing estate.

The pair have not been formally identified but are believed to be North Norfolk District Council leader Keith Johnson, 58, and his wife, Andrea.

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Council leader death 'a massive loss'

The death of Keith is a tragedy and a massive loss to Cromer and North Norfolk, too. Keith has been a real public servant throughout his life and will be sorely missed by the whole community. He was much respected across the political spectrum. Our thoughts are with Keith's friends and family at this time.

– North Norfolk Labour Party STATEMENT

Neighbours shocked after 'lovely couple' die in shooting

Derek Houlston, whose garden backs on to the couple's property, said:

She was bubbly and really friendly. We used to see her walking her dog.

He was always very friendly too but we saw him doing his paper round - which she got him to do to keep fit - on Saturday and he seemed really depressed.

I said hello but he just kept his head down and didn't respond. It's really sad because they seemed like such a lovely couple.

David Stow, who lives nearby, said he heard a single gunshot on Sunday.

We're in the country so we hear a lot of gunshots so at first I didn't think anything of it. But then I saw the police arrive and realised it must be something serious.

I knew them to speak to and they always seemed a very nice couple.

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MP 'deeply shocked' council leader and wife found shot

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said he was "deeply shocked" by the news.

I've known Keith for some years through his work on the council and we both attended the wedding of a mutual friend a few years ago.

We've always been on very good terms despite the fact I'm Lib Dem and he was a Conservative.

I didn't know Andrea beyond seeing them both at civic events but she was always good for a friendly chat.

I share the community's sense of disbelief and my heart goes out to all of their family and friends.

'Terrible shock' council leader and wife found shot

The couple were described as "prominent and much-loved" figures in their community.

Mr Johnson, elected as council leader earlier this year, had helped organise the town's Christmas market, launched at the weekend as part of a series of festive events.

On Friday he attended the opening of a Waitrose store in nearby North Walsham along with other signatories.

Mr Johnson's close friend, Benji Cabbell-Manners, had been away for the weekend and told the Eastern Daily Press of his "terrible shock" at hearing the news.

Council leader and wife 'found shot dead'

A council leader and his wife have been found shot dead on a housing estate, the Press Association reported.

Police were called to Compit Hills in Roughton, near Cromer, Norfolk, at 2.50pm yesterday after reports of gunshots.

They found the body of a woman, in her early 40s, in the front garden of a bungalow.

The body of a man, in his late 50s, was found in a nearby back garden.

The pair have not been formally identified but are believed to be North Norfolk District Council leader Keith Johnson, 58, and his wife, Andrea.

Mr Johnson was also a former Cromer mayor and a long-serving member of both the district and town council.

Whilst I understand this is a very shocking incident for the neighbours of the two people involved, I can reassure them that, at this stage, we are not looking for anyone else in connection with it.

– Detective Superintendent Peter Hornby

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