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Shropshire Tragedy – Children Died From Stab Injuries

The three young children found dead in a disused Shropshire quarry had been stabbed, police revealed today.

 Detective Chief Inspector Neil Jamieson, the officer leading the investigation, said a Home Office pathologist conducted post mortems on the children yesterday afternoon.

The examinations established that Sam Fuller (12) and his sisters Rebecca (8) and Charlotte (7) all died from stab injuries.

A post mortem has yet to be carried out on their father, 35-year-old Ceri Fuller, who was also found dead in the former quarry at Poles Coppice, Pontesbury Hill, near Shrewsbury on Monday morning.  This is expected to be held later today.

Formal identification of all four is expected to be take place tomorrow.

DCI Jamieson said police and forensic officers were nearing completion of their work at the scene, which remains cordoned off.  He hoped the area could be released from police control and opened to the public again by this evening or tomorrow morning.

Officers are continuing inquiries both in Shropshire and Gloucestershire in a bid to establish the family's movements since leaving their home in the Forest of Dean in a red Land Rover Freelander either last Wednesday evening or early on Thursday morning.

DCI Jamieson said: "We know they were in the Leominster area at round midday on Thursday and then in Newtown around 3pm.  From there, they went on to Welshpool area and were there just after 3.30pm.

"We are still trawling routes for CCTV opportunities to establish further information, especially about their movement towards Shrewsbury and the Pontesbury area.  Anyone with information about possible sightings of the vehicle or its occupants is asked to contact Shrewsbury police station on 101 or the alternative number 0300 333 3000."


Please note that no further details are expected to be released today.  The result of the post mortem on Ceri Fuller will be issued when the examination is complete at some point tomorrow.


Issued: Wednesday, 18 July 2012

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