Former policeman in "mental and emotional decline," says his family
The family of a former police officer who is believed to have killed his girlfriend before killing himself, said today that he was suffering from a "mental and emotional decline."
Detectives discovered the body of Bill Dowling at his home in Devizes next to that of his partner, Vicky Rose. Her family say she was "a caring person who always had time to chat to everyone." Robert Murphy reports.
The family of Victoria Rose have issued a short statement...
Mum, Victoria or Vicky was sadly taken away from us on Saturday. Words cannot describe how the family are feeling with this loss, for such a caring person. Anyone that knew her, or had any contact with her, would know how she was always willing to help and chat to anyone.
We have been so overwhelmed with messages of support in such a difficult time and we know how shocked people must be in hearing this sad news, and still it doesn’t seem quite real.
What we do ask if the family can be left to grieve in this difficult time.”
Police investigating the deaths of a couple in a shooting at their home in Devizes have confirmed that the man was a former Wiltshire police officer who retired five years ago. He's been named locally as Bill Dowling.
The man who died in a double shooting at a house in Devizes has been named locally as a former police inspector. Bill Dowling is thought to have left the Wiltshire force five years ago. More details here.
Police have issued a statement aimed at reassuring the public following the deaths of a couple in a shooting in Devizes. The bodies of the man and woman were found at a house on Moonrakers Estate yesterday morning.
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.