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Shock as 'nice guy' kills wife and daughter with shotgun

By PA Reporters

A worker from a builders merchant is believed to have shot dead his wife and daughter near a swimming pool in a small market town.

The horror unfolded near Castle Swimming Pool in Spalding, Lincolnshire, when Lance Hart (57), allegedly blasted partner Claire (50) and 19-year-old daughter Charlotte with a shotgun, before killing himself.

Officers and paramedics battled to save the two women, who they found gravely injured at around 9am yesterday.

Mr Hart was already dead, and no shots were fired by police.

Investigators raided the family home in Hatt Close, Moulton, where one neighbour described Mr Hart as "always caring" and a "very nice guy".

The resident, who gave his name as Peter, said: "Lance worked as a delivery driver for a builders merchant. He was always caring and would come around afterwards to see whether we could carry stuff.

"Last time I spoke to him, he had put the house on the market because they were hoping to downsize and buy somewhere in the village. He was a very nice guy, he went out of his way to be helpful, so it comes as a shock."

District councillor Gary Taylor, who represents Spalding Castle ward, added: "It's terrible news and the local people are, of course, very shocked. It's a very quiet place. Gun crime does not exist in this area at all.

Witnesses reported hearing "dozens" of police cars and an air ambulance heading to the scene.

Speaking outside Spalding police station, temporary superintendent Paul Timmins said: "CPR was attempted on both women and I am sad to report that both women have died. We believe a shotgun was involved in the incident and are currently investigating the circumstances of this tragic incident.

"We confirm that we are not seeking anyone else in connection with this tragedy.

"I can also confirm that this is not being treated as a terrorist incident.

"We really need your help, so I would encourage anyone with information to contact us on 101, quoting incident number 92 of Tuesday."

East Midlands Ambulance Service said paramedics were told to approach the scene with caution and fought to save the three people who died.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Twitter: "Shocking events in Spalding, Lincolnshire. My thoughts are with the victims and their families."

Lincolnshire Police, South Holland District Council and the British Red Cross are giving support to anyone affected by the shooting.

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