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A married couple in their 70s have been found shot dead in their home in a seaside town, police have confirmed.
Police were called at 9.40am on Wednesday, June 23 to a house in Southport, Merseyside, following the discovery of two bodies.
Merseyside Police say officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident, the Liverpool Echo reports.
A post mortem examination which took place today revealed the woman died from a shotgun wound to the chest and the man from a shotgun wound to the head, detectives said.
Detective Superintendent Dave McCaughrean said: “The investigation is in the early stages.
The couple were found dead at a property on Dinorwic Rd, Southport
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"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 that 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.
Police outside the property on Dinorwic Rd, Southport
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“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 or silence.
“For anyone who is in a controlling relationship with an abusive partner but financially tied through a mortgage or tenancy, there are confidential support services available to help you and their children.
“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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"If you are in immediate danger, always call 999. If you ring 999 and are not in a safe position to speak to us then cough, or tap, the phone and press 55, when prompted. This will alert the operator that you need assistance and we will provide support.
For any non-urgent information on domestic abuse – direct message @MerPolCC on Twitter, ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ on Facebook or contact @CrimestoppersUK, anonymously on 0800 555 111.