Thursday 23 November 2017

Bodies of three stabbed children found at beauty spot

THE bodies of three children and their father who went missing last week have been found at a remote beauty spot.

Gloucestershire Constabulary said officers searching for Ceri Fuller and his three children, who went missing from his home in Milkwall, near Coleford, last week, discovered four bodies near Pontesbury, Shropshire.

An officer from West Mercia Police made the grim discovery shortly before 10am today in an isolated area of woodland, reportedly after Mr Fuller's vehicle was found nearby.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: "Officers searching for missing man Ceri Fuller and his three children, from the Forest of Dean, have been made aware of the discovery of four bodies in Pontesbury, Shropshire.

"While the bodies have yet to be formally identified, Mr Fuller's family have been informed of the discovery and are being supported by police family liaison officers.

"The investigation into the deaths is being conducted by West Mercia Police."

Mr Fuller, 35, left his home last Thursday with his son Sam, 12, and daughters Becka, 10, and Charlotte, six, who is also known as Charlie.

Gloucestershire Police appealed for sightings of the family, saying they were believed to have been travelling in a red Land Rover Freelander, registration number CK51 YUV.

The Birmingham Mail reported that the three children died from stab wounds after being found this morning in the wooded area, eight miles from Shrewsbury.

The newspaper reported that Mr Fuller also died after apparently falling from a cliff at a quarry in the area.

In a statement, West Mercia Police said: "West Mercia Police are investigating the deaths of an adult and three children after the discovery of four bodies in the Pontesbury area this morning.

"The deputy coroner for Shropshire, Andrew Barkley, has been informed and officers have sealed off the area. Forensic examinations of the area will take place in due course."

West Midlands Ambulance Service said two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance based at RAF Cosford attended the scene.

An ambulance service spokesman said: "Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save four people found at the scene, and all four were confirmed deceased."

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