Family slams Morocco deaths rumours
Relatives of a couple who both died on holiday in separate falls, leaving their four children orphaned, have branded speculation over their deaths "hurtful and malicious".
Roger and Mathilde Lamb were on holiday with their four sons in the tourist resort of Essaouira on Morocco's Atlantic coast when they died in separate incidents.
The exact circumstances of the death of the couple, from Pensham, near Pershore, Worcestershire, are still unknown.
The British Embassy in Rabat has confirmed reports that Mrs Lamb, known as Tilly, fell from an apartment in Essaouira while her husband died after a separate fall at a different building a few days later.
Their sons, who are all between nine and 16, are now in the UK being looked after by relatives.
Mrs Lamb's brother-in-law Mark Rogerson, speaking on behalf of the couple's families, said: "Roger and Tilly's families have seen a report in one section of the media that a member of the family believes the police are treating the two deaths as 'suspicious'. This is a misconception.
"We fully understand that the police routinely investigate the deaths of British nationals abroad in unusual circumstances on behalf of the coroner. Eventually, an inquest will rule on these two tragic incidents, which may take some months."
Mr Rogerson, who lives in France, said they still knew very few details about what happened. He said they heard about Mrs Lamb's death last Thursday after she apparently fell the previous night and then heard about Mr Lamb's death on Monday.
A spokeswoman from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has confirmed the death of two British nationals in Morocco and said they were offering consular assistance to the family.
Mrs Lamb's body will be repatriated to Wiltshire, where some of her family come from, Wiltshire Police confirmed. It is not yet known where her husband will be repatriated.