Married couple in their 70s found dead in suspected murder-suicide

Married couple in their 70s found dead in suspected murder-suicide as police tell domestic abuse sufferers ‘nobody has to suffer in silence’

  • Police were called to the scene in Dinorwic Road, Southport on Wednesday
  • This followed the discovery of two bodies – of a man and a woman in their 70s
  • A post-mortem examination found the woman died from a shotgun wound to the chest and the man died from a shotgun wound to the head
  • Anyone seeking help can call Samaritans free on 116 123 or visit Samaritans.org  

A married couple in their 70s have been found shot dead at a house in Merseyside.

Police were called to the scene in Dinorwic Road, Southport, at 9.40am on Wednesday following the discovery of the man and woman.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

A married couple in their 70s have been found shot dead at a house in Merseyside. Police were called to the scene in Dinorwic Road, Southport (picgured, Google Street View), at 9.40am on Wednesday following the discovery of the man and woman

A post-mortem examination found the woman died from a shotgun wound to the chest and the man died from a shotgun wound to the head.

Merseyside Police said detectives were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

The couple have not yet been formally identified but next of kin have been made aware and are being supported by officers.

Detective Superintendent Dave McCaughrean said: ‘The investigation is in the early stages. We have spoken to neighbours and carried out a number of enquiries and are satisfied we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

‘Protecting our most vulnerable communities is one of the force’s priorities and we realise that being able to support and advise victims of domestic abuse has never been more important than it is now.

‘We are committed to working with our communities and partners to tackle violence against women and girls and will continue to work closely with our local communities and partners to assess how we can work together going forward.

‘There is support available to anyone who is or has experienced domestic abuse or has been affected by it in order that nobody else has to suffer in silence.’

If you have been affected by this story, the Samaritans charity has a free helpline you can call on 116 123, which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

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