Stanley and Michelle Hibbert were found dead in their Basingstoke home (Image: Facebook)

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A 52-year-old man has been charged with the double murder of a mum and dad found dead at their suburban bungalow home.

A two-year-old child has been left orphaned after Fathers 4 Justice veteran Geoffrey Hibbert, 61, and Michelle Caroline Hibbert, 29, were found dead at the property in Basingstoke, Hampshire, on Father's Day.

Stanley Elliot, 52, of Sherborne St John, near Basingstoke, has been charged with their murder, Hants Police confirmed.

Officers were called to the semi-detached family home on Buckland Ave on Sunday.

Neighbours had described how police began searching the property with torches at 3am after a loud "bang" was heard.

Police named Geoffrey Hibbert, 61, and Michelle Caroline Hibbert, 29, as the victims
(Image: Facebook)

Eliot was arrested hours after the killing and interviewed since Sunday morning.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: "Officers investigating the death of a man and a woman in Basingstoke have today charged a man with their murder.

"The bodies of Geoffrey Hibbert, aged 61 years, and Michelle Caroline Hibbert, aged 29 years, of Buckland Avenue in Basingstoke were found by officers in their home just before 2am on Sunday."

Elliot appeared before Basingstoke Magistrates' Court today and will appear before Winchester Crown Court on Friday.

Mr Hibbert hit the headlines in 2008 when he dressed up as Batman and brought traffic to a halt by standing on an overhead gantry in hopes of gaining access to his daughter from his first marriage.

He was arrested on suspicion of causing danger to other road users.

At the time, the Fathers 4 Justice activist said: "I cannot describe how not being able to see her makes me feel.

"If I had taken her away I would be in prison for kidnap but my ex-partner can do it and it's fine. Where is the justice?"

Mr Hibbert's brother Frank told The Sun he was left in shocked at his sibling's death and concerned about his orphaned nephew's welfare.

He said: "I was going to come down to visit him yesterday, and when I saw a lot of police and blue lights and the road all cordoned off I knew it was my brother's house straight away.

"I want to find out what will happen to his son – he's only two or three years old and he's my main concern.

"Me and Geoffrey didn't see eye to eye all the time but as brothers and family we have helped each other out in the past.

"Now I have to go and tell all of this to my dad who lives in London, but I still don't know anything about what happened.

"I just want to know what's going on with the little boy and I want to see justice for whatever has happened."

Mr Hibbert had previously run a newsagent's shop in Bracknell, Berkshire.

Mrs Hibbert was a full-time mum, according to her Facebook profile.