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Man ‘committed suicide after murdering wife and daughter’

A man was found dead yesterday just hours after the murdered bodies of a mother and her teenage daughter were discovered by police.

Neighbours in Hampton Road, Oswestry, Shropshire, said Susan McFall and her daughter Francesca lived at the address with Mrs McFall's husband Hugh.

Police discovered the women's bodies after being called to the property at 5am yesterday.

A man's body was found at an industrial unit nearby a few hours later. Detectives said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Police said the man's body, |believed to be Mr McFall, was found at an industrial unit in St Martins, several miles from Oswestry.

Craig Jones, a mechanic who works in the unit next door, said Mr McFall used the address as a base for his business, selling flowers to local supermarkets.

He said: “As I drove into work this morning at about 8.40am two police cars followed me in.

“I thought they were following me but they went next door. I think they kicked the door down, then they came round and told us we'd have to lock up. Now there are about four police cars here. I heard they found Hugh's body inside, and his truck is parked down the road.”

Mr Jones said Mr McFall “kept himself to himself” and had been renting the unit for around a month.

Neighbours in Hampton Road described the McFalls as an “ordinary family” as they spoke of their shock at the murders.

One woman, who lives a few doors from their large detached home, said: “We had what you would call a nodding acquaintance, so I didn't know them well, but they were always friendly.

“They struck me as a nice, ordinary family.

“The young girl did well at school from what I gathered and the dad Hugh worked nearby, selling flowers.

“This is just a normal, peaceful street and they seemed like a normal family.

“It is shocking to wake up to |police cars and all this media on your doorstep, I can't quite believe it.”

A West Mercia Police spokeswoman said the cause of death for the family would be ascertained by a Home Office pathologist “in due course”.

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