Norton Fitzwarren murders update

Avon & Somerset Police released an update on the murder of two people in Norton Fitzwarren yesterday. The bodies were found in a property at Dragon Rise. Cordons remain in place around two properties on Dragon Rise as officers continue to their investigation.

Police say the victims are believed to be 36-year-old Stephen Chapple and 33-year-old Jennifer Chapple. However as yet formal identification has not yet taken place.

Their two children, aged five and six, were found by officers asleep upstairs in the house. They are now being looked after by family members.

A post mortem examination has confirmed Jennifer died from multiple stabs wounds. The post mortem examination to determine Stephen’s cause of death is ongoing.

Two men, aged 34 and 67, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday. Today magistrates granted an extension to the custody time limit in relation to a 34-year-old man. The 67-year-old man has been released under investigation to allow further enquiries to take place.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Neil Meade said: “This is a tragic incident which has shocked the community and neighbourhood officers are patrolling the area to provide reassurance. Should anyone have any concerns about what happened I’d encourage them to talk to them.” 

Police have asked people not to speculate about the incident and to think about the impact it may have on the families.

Anyone with information which could help our investigation is asked to phone 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5221274497.

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