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Police: Deaths a 'shock to the community'

Wiltshire Police have issued a statement thanking the community in Devizes for their support as they continue to investigate the deaths of a former officer and his partner.

News of these tragic deaths will have been a shock to the community and our thoughts are with the families and friends of the two people involved. I would like to reiterate that this is an isolated incident and reassure members of the community that Devizes is a safe place. I would like to thank residents for their understanding as there will be an increased police presence on the estate as officers continue to conduct vital enquiries.

– Chief Inspector Mark Sellers, Wiltshire Police

Forensic search of former policeman's home

A police officer stands guard outside the property where the two bodies were discovered Credit: Ryan Hooper/PA Wire

Forensic officers are conducting a search of a property in Devizes, Wiltshire where the bodies of a former policeman and his partner were discovered yesterday.

A police spokesperson said they hoped to release the identities of the deceased later this afternoon.


Police: Firearm found at scene of Wiltshire shooting

A firearm was recovered at the scene where a retired police inspector and his female partner were found dead on Saturday morning in Wiltshire, police have said.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Saunders from Wiltshire police has said: "The investigation continues to try and establish what led to this tragic incident.

"We have recovered a weapon from the scene. My working assumption is that weapons were discharged and the victims had sustained some form of gunshot wounds."

Neighbours overheard a number of gunshots from the address yesterday morning Credit: Ryan Hooper/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Post-mortem examinations will be carried out today.

Officers are not looking for anybody else in connection with the shootings, which happened on Moonrakers estate in Devizes.

Retired police inspector found shot dead with woman

A man found shot dead along with a woman at a property in Devizes was a retired police inspector with 30 years' service, Wiltshire Police has said.

The pair were found dead at a property in Wiltshire yesterday morning after neighbours alerted the police having heard gunshots.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Saunders said the man, who has not been named, retired about five or six years ago.

Wiltshire Police: Devizes gunshot deaths 'isolated'

We can confirm that at shortly before 11:00 am on Saturday 2nd March 2013, officers were called to a property at Moonrakers Estate, Devizes.

On arrival the bodies of a man and a woman were found. An investigation into the circumstances of their deaths is under way.

This is an isolated incident and have no reason to believe that anyone else is at risk.

The families have been informed but formal identification of the deceased has not yet taken place.

– Wiltshire Police spokesman

The spokesman said a post-mortem examination was still to take place, but that both victims appeared to have sustained gunshot wounds.

Man and woman found shot dead in Devizes, Wiltshire

A man and woman have been found shot dead at a property in Wiltshire, police have confirmed.

The bodies were found when police were called to a home on the Moonrakers Estate in Devizes yesterday morning.

The families have been informed but formal identification of the deceased has not yet taken place, Wiltshire police said.

A spokesman said a post-mortem examination was still to take place, but that both victims appeared to have sustained gunshot wounds.


Brother tried to revive sister after ski accident

The Prees family were on the last ski run of the day in Innsbruck when Jemima careered into woodland and was knocked unconscious. Her father and her brother Barnaby both witnessed the accident on February 10.

Recalling the incident, Tim Prees described how Barnaby spent 40 minutes trying to revive his sister, despite the fact she was "fairly clearly dead". His actions drew praise from emergency services who arrived at the scene.

They allowed him to carry on, because they did say they couldn't have done any better.

Tributes ahead of funeral for British girl killed skiing

The family of a British schoolgirl who died in a skiing accident in the Austrian Alps have spoken of how she "lived every day as if it might be her last".

Mourners will gather for the funeral today of 10-year-old Jemima Prees, who was killed when she hit a tree at high speed on February 10 while on a half-term holiday with her family.

Jemima Prees Credit: Family handout

In an interview with ITV, Karen Prees said: "She was lovely, she was gorgeous, she was very active. She loved life. She lived every day as if it might be her last.

"Sometimes she used to say 'today might be the last day, we must all tell each other that we love each other because we may not come back this evening'. She was very wise, wise beyond her years. She had things sewn up that some people never seem to grasp."

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Man in hospital after lorry overturns

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A 53-year-old man from Wiltshire is recovering in hospital after an articulated lorry overturned on the A339 between Basingstoke and Newbury.

Police say his injuries are not life threatening. The incident will close the road for much of the day. It happened near the Star Inn pub at Kingsclere.

The lorry had been carrying wood. Major delays have built up in the area. Hampshire Police say recovery will soon take place. Other vehicles managed to avoid the lorry when it overturned. It is the second lorry to overturn on the A339 In a week.

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