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Unlawful killing verdict on Fuller children

A coroner has ruled that three children were unlawfully killed in a remote quarry by their father who then jumped to his death.

Andrew Barkley described the killing of Samuel Fuller, 12, and his sisters Rebecca and Charlotte, aged eight and seven, as acts of "unimaginable horror".

Finding that Ceri Fuller had taken his own life, the deputy coroner for Mid and Northwest Shropshire said overwhelming evidence had driven him to the inescapable conclusion that the 35-year-old acted alone in attacking his children with a hunting knife.


Inquest continues into deaths of father and children

Ceri Fuller.

An inquest into the deaths of three children from Gloucestershire and their father, Ceri Fuller will hear evidence for a second day today.

Their bodies were discovered in a disused quarry in Shropshire.

Yesterday the inquest heard how the children had suffered neck wounds thought to have been caused by a hunting knife.

At the time of the deaths, police said one line of inquiry was that Mr Fuller had killed his children before taking his own life.

Funeral to be held for children killed in Shrewsbury

The family of Ruth Fuller, whose children and husband died in tragic circumstances in Shrewsbury last month, have issued a statement about the funeral arrangements.

We will be holding a small family funeral service soon. We are extremely grateful for all the messages of support we have received, however we would kindly request that our privacy be respected at this difficult time, and will be keeping the service as strictly family and close friends only. We are also requesting family flowers only.

We will be arranging a memorial service in the coming weeks which will be open to anyone who wishes to attend, and we are extremely grateful for all the community's donations towards this.."

– Johanna Ballard, statement on behalf of family


Gloucestershire Tragedy: family formally identified

The bodies of four members of the same Gloucestershire family found dead by a disused quarry on Monday have been formally identified.

A family member confirmed the identities in Shrewsbury yesterday of Ceri Fuller 35, his son Samuel, 12, and daughters Rebecca Rose, eight, and Charlotte Mae, seven. All four were from Milkwall near Coleford in Gloucestershire.

An inquest is expected to open next week and will be adjourned to a future date while police continue their investigations.

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