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Reverend Alan Wearmouth from St John the Evangelist Church in Coleford speaking about the deaths of 35-year-old Ceri Fuller, his son Sam, 12, and two daughters, eight-year-old Rebecca and Charlotte, seven.
A book of condolence has been set up in St John's Church in Coleford in memory of a family whose bodies were found by a disused quarry near Shrewsbury yesterday.
West Mercia police have confirmed they have recovered a knife from the place where a Gloucestershire father and his three young children were discovered dead yesterday.
A murder investigation has been launched after the four bodies were discovered in a disused quarry near Shrewsbury.
The bodies are yet to be formally identified but they are believed to be 35-year-old Ceri Fuller, his son Sam, 12, and two daughters, eight-year-old Rebecca and Charlotte, 7.
The four went missing from their home in Gloucestershire last week.
Police said the death of a Ceri Fuller and his three children appeared to be the result of a "tragic family situation."
Speaking at a press conference this evening at Shrewsbury Police station, Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson said officers were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
The bodies of 12-year-old Sam, 8-year-old Beck and seven-year-old Charlotte were found West Mercia Police this morning in a remote spot near Pontesbury in Shropshire.
Reverend Alan Wearmouth, who is the chairman of St John's Church of England Primary School's governors, says everyone "hoped for the best, but feared the worst"
The bodies of three children and their father were discovered near the entrance to Poles Coppice, on Pontesbury Hill near Shrewsbury by a police officer this morning:
Rachel Annis' children attended the same school as Charlotte and Charlie.
Our Gloucestershire correspondent Ken Goodwin is in Milkwall near Coleford.
He spoke to Janice Ayres, who lives next door to the family:
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