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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Gambian couple dies in ‘suspicious’ fire in UK

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The body of the woman (name not released) believed to be in her mid-30s, was found on the ground floor of a house in Admiralty Road in the town on Sunday. Police have said she was killed before a fire broke out in an upstairs room.

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Firefighters had been called to reports of a property fire just after midday. Once inside they found the woman and the body of a man. The body of the man, in his 50s, was discovered in an upstairs room where the fire is thought to have started. His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Police said today that they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths and are “convinced” it was a domestic incident involving the couple. The results of a post-mortem are expected this evening.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Guy, from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team (MIT), said: “We await the outcome of the Home Office post-mortem, which is not expected until this evening, however all the available evidence to extensive investigations indicate the female victim was killed prior to the fire. 

“I can confirm we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this enquiry as I am convinced that this was a domestic incident involving the couple who lived at the property.

“Officers from the MIT are currently with the family of the woman to support and establish the background of the individuals involved.” 

Neighbours described the pair from The Gambia as “friendly, pleasant, nice” and “respectable” and said they had lived in the road for several years.

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