Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 2 August 2014

Probe over 'devoted' duo's death

Barry Harrison was found dead on Monday
Amanda Harrison was found with that of her husband

Police are investigating the "tragic events" which led to the death of a couple who were both described as being "devoted" to their children.

Barry Harrison, 47, and his wife Amanda, 34, were found inside a property in Regal Court, High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, on Monday. Their two sons, aged three and five, were playing nearby.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said Mrs Harrison's death is being treated as "suspicious" while her husband's is "non-suspicious".

The spokesman said: "Whilst retaining an open mind, police are not looking for anyone else suspected of being directly responsible for the deaths."

It is believed the woman may have been strangled and the man was found hanging. The force spokesman said the results of post-mortem examinations will not be released until an inquest is opened on Friday.

Mrs Harrison's mother, sisters and brother said in a statement: "The family are deeply shocked and devastated at the death of Amanda. She was a loving, hard-working and devoted mother to her children. We need time to come to terms with our loss and would request privacy at this time of great sadness."

Mr Harrison's eldest son, Lee Harrison, 19, who lives in Coventry, described him as "one of the nicest men you could ever meet".

He added: "My dad was a devoted family man. His family meant everything to him, and he meant everything to his family. His death is a massive and devastating loss to everyone that knew and loved him. Our main concern at this moment in time is the welfare of my brothers, and our thoughts go out to everyone affected at this difficult time."

According to former neighbours in Coventry, the couple had experienced financial difficulties after the closure in 2007 of Peugeot's Ryton plant, where they both worked.

Pam Williams, 66, told a newspaper: "They lost their jobs when Peugeot finished and spent their redundancy on the house. She got a job at Sainsbury's and he found some work somewhere but it wasn't enough and they couldn't keep the mortgage up."

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