Glos Family Bodies Found

Police have discovered four bodies near Shrewsbury. They are of a Gloucestershire man and his three children. A murder investigation is underway.

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Family murder: knife found

Aerial of the crime scene Credit: ITV News

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.

West Mercia Police launch murder investigation

West Mercia Police have launched a murder investigation after the bodies of a man and three children were found in a disused quarry in Shropshire.

The bodies were discovered at around 10am today in an old quarry within a wooded area at Poles Coppice on Pontesbury Hill, about nine miles west of Shrewsbury.

Although formal identification has yet to take place, it's believed the man is 35-year-old Ceri Fuller and the children, his son Sam (12) and daughters Rebecca (8) and Charlotte (7).

The four went missing from their home in Gloucestershire last week.

We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. Although the investigation is in its early stages it appears to be a tragic family situation.

The discovery follows an appeal over the weekend by Gloucestershire Constabulary to trace Mr Fuller and his three children and West Mercia Police are liaising closely with our colleagues in Gloucestershire.

The four bodies were found within 30 or 40 yards of each other. At this stage, we are not saying if a weapon is thought to have been used or if any weapon has been recovered.

In particular, we are anxious to trace the movements of a red Land Rover Freelander estate, registration CK51 YUV, which we believe was driven by Mr Fuller.

We believe this vehicle left Gloucestershire at some point last Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning and we are anxious to establish its movements since then, especially in the Pontesbury area.

We believe it was in the Leominster area at around midday on Thursday before making its way up towards the Welshpool area later that day. We want to hear about possible sightings of the vehicle or its occupants, a man with three children.

– Neil Jamieson, Detective Chief Inspector, West Mercia Police

Four deaths a results of a 'tragic family situation'

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.

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