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Portadown double murder: Man charged after couple found dead in Upper Ramone Park

A 40-year-old man has been charged with murdering Michael and Marjorie Cawdery in Portadown.

The couple, both 83, are understood to have been stabbed in their home on Friday in what a senior officer described as a brutal attack.

Police and emergency services were called to the pensioners' house in Upper Ramone Park in Portadown at around 3.40pm on Friday after the couple were found dead by a relative.

Relatives described the murders as incomprehensible.

In a statement the family said: "The awful and incomprehensible events of Friday 26 May have deprived our family of two wonderful people, Michael and Marjorie, who were our father, mother, brother, sister and grandparents."

The man is due to appear at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. He is charged with a number of offences including two counts of murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated vehicle-taking.

As is normal procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the PPS.

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