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Family slams rumours over holiday death falls

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, all between nine and 16, are now in the UK being looked after by relatives.

But Mrs Lamb's brother-in-law Mark Rogerson, speaking on behalf of the couple's families, urged against speculation.

He said: "Roger and Tilly's families have seen a report in one media that a member of the family believes the police are treating the two deaths as 'suspicious'. This is a misconception.

"The family regards any speculation as hurtful and malicious."

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