Boxted man shot wife before turning gun on himself

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Two bodies were found in Boxted after an elderly man warned police he had shot his wife and intended to turn the gun on himself.

The quiet village of Boxted on the Essex and Suffolk border is trying to come to terms with the deaths of the couple who were found dead with shotgun wounds on Saturday morning.

Police responded to a 999 call from a man believed to be Mr Ambrose at 6.35am on Saturday morning. He said that he had shot his wife and was planning to shoot himself.

Armed officers arrived at the scene at Chapel Road just after 7am and discovered the body of Harold Ambrose in the back garden.

The 82-year old had a single shotgun wound to the face.

When officers entered the house they found Wendy Ambrose’s body in a chair in the lounge.

The 77-year old had suffered two shotgun wounds, one to the face and another to the head.

DCI Simon Werrett, senior investigating officer, said: “The post mortem examinations have been completed and both died from their shotgun wounds.

“This was consistent with the evidence the forensic officers found at the scene and the initial telephone call to the police.

“I do not believe anyone else was involved in their deaths. Our inquires will continue and a report will be submitted to HM Coroner in due course.

“The house will remain under police control while other searches are ongoing.”

Police have said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

The family of Harold and Wendy Ambrose have asked to be left to grieve in private.