Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Boys found in death couple's flat

A married couple were found dead at Regal Court in Shanklin, Isle of Wight

Two young boys were found by police in the same flat where the bodies of their parents were discovered, it has been confirmed.

Police have launched a major investigation after the man and woman, believed to be a married couple aged in their 30s, were found inside the property in Regal Court, High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, at 6.27pm on Monday.

Their two children were found by a woman who works as a manager for the block of flats who was visiting the flat after concerns had been raised for the "welfare of a resident", according to police.

A Hampshire and Isle of Wight police spokesman said that the children were now being looked after by a friend of the family.

The spokesman said: "Officers were called by a member of the public ... and went to the address where a man and a woman, believed to be a married couple aged in their 30s, were pronounced dead.

"Two young children, who are believed to be the couple's sons, were inside the flat when police arrived (on Monday).

"They were unharmed. Both children are now staying at a family friend's address where they are safe and well."

The spokesman said that the death of the woman was being treated as "suspicious" while the death of the man was "non-suspicious".

He added: "Whilst retaining an open mind, detectives are not looking for anyone else suspected of being directly responsible for the deaths.

"The flat remains sealed off to allow for ongoing forensic examinations by specialist scenes of crime officers."