1. ITV Report

Exeter murder victims formally named as police confirm pensioners died of ‘serious head injuries’

Three pensioners who were murdered in their homes in Exeter have been formally named by police.

Anthony Payne, 80, and twins Richard and Roger Carter, 84, were named at a Devon and Cornwall Police press conference on Thursday (February 14).

Mr Payne was found dead at his property in Bonhay Road on February 11, a day before Richard and Roger were found at a property in Cowick Lane.

Flower tributes to Richard, who was known as Dick, and Roger Carter. Credit: PA

It has now been confirmed all three men suffered “serious head injuries”.

The investigation into these incidents remain connected. Due to the serious head injuries sustained by all three victims and the presentation of the properties, and the age of the victims, we are treating this as a single multiple murder investigation.

Following the post-mortems, which were completed yesterday, it has now been confirmed that all three victims sustained serious head injuries.

– DCI Roy Linden
Priority lines of enquiry being investigated by police.
Exhibits seized by police.
Addresses visited by police to check on safety of occupants.

A 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the three murders on February 12, and remains in police custody after detectives were granted an additional 36 hours to question the suspect.

Police also revealed at the press conference that they are pursuing more than 150 active lines of enquiry and have seized more than 300 pieces of evidence.

The crime scene in Bonhay Road, where Anthony Payne was found dead. Credit: PA

Supt Matt Lawler added neighbourhood teams have specifically visited nine addresses to check on the safety of occupants in the last 24 hours.

He said: “We are working with local partners to provide reassurance and support to the vulnerable or elderly in our community.

“As part of that, since yesterday, local neighbourhood staff have specifically visited nine addresses in order to confirm the safety of occupants.

“There is no information to indicate a threat to any other person - this forms part of our normal support to the vulnerable.”