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Couple found dead in Tenerife named

A British couple found dead at their home in Tenerife have been named by the Foreign Office.

The bodies of James Mutch, 57, and Beatrice Sallens, 69, were discovered in an apartment in the resort of Playa de Las Americas.

Post-mortem examinations were being carried out on the couple, who originally lived in Glasgow.

Spanish police broke into the apartment on Monday morning after neighbours noticed a smell coming from the property at the the Residencial Los Cardones complex.

Detectives believe the pair may have died of natural causes, according to local press.

News website Island Connections said Mr Mutch, who reportedly suffered from a serious illness, might have died after falling and striking his head against a table in the sitting room.

The couple are thought to have been living in Tenerife for around five years.

Sheila Collis, deputy editor of Island Connections, said: "The police have confirmed there were no signs of violence on either of the bodies. The man had a head injury but the theory is that he has fallen and struck his head and that is how he has died.

"The woman was found in her bed.

"The initial reaction among locals was fear because when the man's body was removed quite a lot of blood was seen but word has got round that it is believed it was not a violent attack and that seems to have calmed them down."

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