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.
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.
An inquest into the deaths of a Gloucestershire father and his three children has resumed today. The bodies of 35-year-old Ceri Fuller, his son Samuel and two daughters Rebecca Rose and Charlotte Mae were discovered in a quarry near Shrewsbury last year. Victoria Davies has the latest.
An inquest will start today into the deaths of a father and his three children whose bodies were found near a quarry last summer.
Ceri Fuller from Milkwall in the Forest of Dean was discovered near his son Sam and daughters Rebecca and Charlotte at the site in Shropshire. They'd all been reported missing three days earlier.
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.."
The father in law of the man believed to have stabbed his three children to death before taking his own life has said he will never know what drove him to do it. Ron Tocknell has published an open letter saying Ceri Fuller was a good dad.
Mr Tocknell has released a moving video of his grandchildren enjoying a day out with him in the park.
The grandfather of the three Gloucestershire children who were stabbed to death has paid tribute to them in videos posted online. Ron Tocknell from Lydney said he had many fond memories of little moments spent with them and the funny things they said. See the tributes here.
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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