A MARRIED couple in their 70s were found shot dead in their home in a suspected ‘murder-suicide’ in Southport.
Merseyside Police were called to an address in Dinorwic Road at around 9.40am on Wednesday following the discovery of the man and woman.
A post-mortem examination found that the female had died from a gunshot wound to the chest while the man had died from a shotgun wound to the head.
Police said detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
The elderly couple have not yet been formally identified but their next of kin have been informed and are being supported by officers.
Detective Superintendent Dave McCaughrean said: “The investigation is in the early stages.
HOW YOU CAN GET HELP:
Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:
- Always keep your phone nearby.
- Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
- If you are in danger, call 999.
- Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
- Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
- If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
- Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.
If you are a victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women’s Aid provides a live chat service available from 10:00am – 4:00pm weekdays, 10:00am – 12:00pm weekends.
You can also call the freephone 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.
“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.
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“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 home is not a safe place for you then we want you to know that you are not alone and you do not have to stay at home if it is not safe to be there.”
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