Saturday 24 March 2018

Video: Knife recovered from woods where 'father stabbed three children to death'

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

A KNIFE has today been recovered from the scene where Ceri Fuller is said to have stabbed his three children to death before killing himself as relatives struggled for answers to explain the tragedy.

The 35 year-old is thought to have stabbed his 12-year-old son Sam and daughters Rebecca, eight, and Charlotte, seven, before falling to his death from an 80ft cliff in what police described as a “tragic family situation”.

It has been disclosed that Ruth Fuller, his 34 year-old wife and the children's mother, wrote about a "completely bonkers" midlife crisis just the day before.

On Tuesday, as relatives admitted they would "love to know" what provoked the killings, West Mercia Police disclosed that they had recovered a knife, believed to be the murder weapon, at the scene.

It will now be the subject of forensic testing.

Officers continued to search an old quarry and surrounding woodland at Poles Coppice, Pontesbury, near Shrewsbury as the area remained sealed off.

All four bodies of the dead were found at the bottom of trhedisused quarry and may have lain there for days.

Det Ch Insp Neil Jamieson, the officer in charge of the investigation, said today: "I can disclose that a weapon has been recovered from the scene.

"Officers involved in the search found a knife in the vicinity of where the bodies were found. It will now be forensically examined."

Post mortem examinations will be conducted later on Tuesday. Several witnesses have come forward with "helpful information", which detectives will now use to track the vehicle's movements.

The disclosures came as relatives struggled to explain how the tragic circumstances unfolded.

Her brother-in-law Nicholas Ballard told The Daily Telegraph that the family would "love to know" what had happened to provoke Mr Fuller into such actions.

Asked whether the family had any idea what could have had happened, he said: "We'd love to know as well. I don't know yet." He declined to comment on Mrs Fuller's Facebook posts.

The day before the deaths, Mrs Fuller, an artist, wrote that her "midlife crisis" was over with only a "few completely bonkers things done".

At the same time she was seen by neighbours looking anxious and "pacing up and down the road" as if she was waiting for someone.

She wrote on Facebook: "Whew, that's midlife crisis over with then – and only a few completely bonkers things done.

"Still, very glad of the urge to reach out to people, loved that."

Several bouquets of flowers have been left outside the family's home, in which they moved into in June last year, expressing sympathy at the loss.

Crime Scene Investigators attended the the property this morning.

One card read: "To Sam, Rebecca and Charlotte. You will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with your family at this very sad time, love Will x."

Another sad message read: "Sam, Rebecca, Charlotte. Three angels. God bless. Soraya, Aaron, Bithan."

A third tribute left outside the now-empty home said: "Sleep tight little ones. Peter, Janice, Lee and Scott xxx."

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