Wednesday 17 January 2018

Children found dead in woods

Ceri Fuller, 35. Photo: PA
Ceri Fuller, 35. Photo: PA

Jonathan Brown in London

The bodies of three children who went missing with their father last week were found in woodland yesterday.

Sam Fuller (12) and his sisters Becka (10) and six-year-old Charlotte, known as Charlie, are believed to have been stabbed to death. Their father Ceri (35) is thought to have leapt 65ft to his death at a disused quarry.

The bodies were found at a beauty spot near Shrewsbury following a report that Mr Fuller's red Land Rover Freelander was parked nearby.

The alarm had been raised by the children's mother, Ruth (34), after they and their father went missing from the family home at Milkwall, Gloucestershire, on Thursday.

Officers from West Mercia police confirmed yesterday they had discovered the bodies of three children at Pontesbury Hill, near Shrewsbury -- about 75 miles from their home.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: "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."

Last night, officers investigating what was being treated as a potential triple murder, sealed off the woodland as forensic teams examined the scene.

Two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and an Air Ambulance based at RAF Cosford also attended.

Neighbours said the family "kept themselves to themselves" but spoke of their shock.

Janice Ayres, who lives next door to the Fuller family, said: "Very, very sad, I just cannot say any more.


"I am surprised. They kept themselves to themselves. It's so sad for three young children."

Rachel Annis, whose daughter went to the same school as Charlotte, said: "Charlotte was in my daughter's class at St John's. She was just a beautiful little girl. (They were) such characters.

"Sam would often come round and play with my son and so would Charlotte who was in my daughter's class.

"She just had an angelic face, such a little angel."

Mrs Fuller's father, Ron Tocknell, from Lydney, Gloucestershire, appealed for information when his son-in-law and grandchildren disappeared.

He wrote on his Facebook page: "If anyone who knows Ceri has any idea of his whereabouts, please contact police immediately. We are all so worried."

Mr Fuller, a molecular and cellular biology graduate, worked as a production supervisor at the Lydney-based Glatfelter paper mill, having joined in 2002.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr Fuller was educated at Whitecross School in Lydney before taking A-levels in physics, chemistry, biology and general studies at the Royal Forest of Dean College.

Police said Mr Fuller's disappearance last week appeared to be "completely out of character".

His family thought he might have taken the children on an impromptu holiday to North Wales.

Jan Wagstaff, the headteacher of St John's Church of England Primary School in the village, said: "Rebecca and Charlotte were absolutely delightful children and a pleasure to have in school." (© Independent News Service)

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