Dad ‘cut throats of daughters and wife and then hanged himself’
A woman who found the bodies of her two tiny granddaughters and their parents screamed “all my babies are dead” as she ran from the house where they died.
The toddlers' father is believed to have slit their throats and their mother’s before hanging himself.
Police were called to the semi-detached house in Provost Street in the New Forest village of Fordingbridge at 11.20am yesterday after the shocking discovery.
The family were named locally as Andrew and Vicki Case and daughters Phoebe (2) and Nereya (1).
Neighbours believed Case slit the throats of his wife and children before killing himself.
The ambulance service said Case (32) was found hanged.
The toddlers' grandmother, who usually looks after them on Mondays, went to the house after phoning the family repeatedly and receiving no answer, a neighbour said. Alayna Brooks (53) rushed over to the house after the grandmother found the bodies. She said the woman emerged screaming “all my babies are dead”.
Ms Brooks said she went inside and found Mrs Case, in her 30s, dead in the dining room with a plastic bag over her head.
She went upstairs and found the little girls dead on a bed. It is unclear where the man was found.
A cordon was set up around the £250,000 property, which lies in a pretty street of terraced and semi-detached houses, some with riverside views.
Mother-of-three Ms Brooks said the family had just returned from a week's holiday in Weymouth.
“They were so loved-up,” she said. “In fact, if I had a marriage I would have loved their marriage — they just loved each other.”
She said she was “appalled” by what had happened and described the little girls as “gorgeous”.
Another neighbour, Jeremy Pentecost (27), said he ran out of his house. “We heard all the screaming and the woman's mother was outside and she was collapsed on the floor. I think she was on the phone to her husband telling him to come over.
“I didn't go into the house — someone stopped me going in and I'm glad they did to be honest, I didn't want to see that.
“I cannot believe it's real. They seemed a nice couple and I joked with him sometimes outside”.
Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, said the alarm
was raised after noises were heard from the house. His mother walked past shortly afterwards and saw somebody outside the property “walking around in the road looking like they were going to be sick”. The neighbour said: “It's a small, close community. Everybody knows each other.”
The family were believed to be new to the street.