Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 15°C

min temp: 5°C

Search

Boxted: Harold Ambrose shot wife Wendy twice before turning gun on himself, it has emerged

11:12 26 May 2014

Police remain at the scene after bodies were found at a house in Chapel Road in Boxted.

Police remain at the scene after bodies were found at a house in Chapel Road in Boxted.

Archant

An 82-year-old man called police to warn he planned to shoot himself just moments after killing his wife, it emerged last night.

shares

The bodies of Harold and Wendy Ambrose, who were described as “pillars of the community” by neighbours, were discovered on Saturday in the picturesque village of Boxted, on the Suffolk and Essex border.

Police received a 999 call from a man believed to be Mr Ambrose saying he had shot his 77-year-old wife and planned to shoot himself at about 6.35am on Saturday.

Armed police attended the address and discovered Mr Ambrose’s body in the back garden with a single shotgun wound to the face, while Mrs Ambrose was found in an armchair in the lounge with two shotgun wounds, one to the face and another to the head.

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

Neighbours say Mr Ambrose was suffering from dementia, and his wife had been diagnosed with cancer.

Anne Grant, whose parents Brian and Elizabeth Grant were neighbours of the couple in Chapel Road, said: “Harold and Wendy were a really likeable and very well-respected couple.

“They were very kind and friendly and had lived in the community for more than 30 years.

“They were pillars of the community.

“They were really smart and a couple who were very loving and close to one another.”

Miss Grant said the couple, who are understood to have one daughter and had been married for more than 50 years, adored their thatched cottage and took “great pride” in their home and garden.

She added: “Wendy hadn’t been very well and had recently been diagnosed with cancer. And Harold was 
in the early stages of dementia.”

Miss Grant said neighbours are saddened by Mr and Mrs Ambrose’s deaths.

“They were only talking to people in the village on Friday and it’s difficult to believe they are not going to be here any more,” she added.

“It’s a really tragic situation and they are going to be really missed.”

Post mortem examinations were carried out yesterday, which revealed the couple both died from shotgun wounds.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett, 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 on going.”

shares

1 comment

  • Incredibly sad. Who's going to be the first one "calling for" a ban on shotguns etc.?

    Report this comment

    Winston Barrington Jr.

    Monday, May 26, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Drink-drivers in court

A two-time drink-driver who crashed into the rear of another car while more than twice the limit has lost his licence.

A BMW X1

Hundreds of thousands of pounds were spent on luxury cars for managers by the East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) in the past year, it has emerged.

Gemma Grace, from Ipswich, speaks about living with autism.

Autism is not an illness, it is just a different way of seeing the world.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A nuisance neighbour who even kept ducks in her house has been given 14 days to get out of her east Ipswich home by the town’s magistrates.

The scene of a fight at Barclays Bank in Ipswich - photos Jess Portway

Frightened staff and customers at an Ipswich town centre bank locked themselves in offices during a violent brawl between two groups of men from rival Romanian families, a court has heard.

Two teenagers have been arrested following the death of a 14 year old boy after an incident at an address in Thurston.

Friends of a 14-year-old schoolboy from Thurston who died after reportedly being shot with an air rifle have paid tribute.

Runners of all ages got together in Bank Holiday Monday for the Felixstowe fun run.

Hundreds of eager runners gathered along the Felixstowe seafront this morning in their best fancy dress for the annual Rotary Club of Felixstowe Fun Run.

Celebrations at Holbrook academy after funding has been granted for new roof 
Nat Reid, loïs graham Iain Bramhill of ingleton wood, Simon Letman head teacher South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge,  Howard Sheldon Ingelton Wood, sydnee Nicholas, Maddie holland. 
Nathan Waller, zander Simpson alek pawlewski, Marcus Jones.

Fourteen schools and academies across Suffolk are celebrating receiving a sizeable funding boost from the government for urgent repairs.

Val Burgess, of Sanctuary Home Care Limited, Sidegate Lane Nursing Home resident Wendy Thomas and Sidegate Lane Nursing Home manager Michala Hartley Brown in the home's sensory room. Photo: Paul Nixon/Sanctuary Home Care Limited.

Carers at an Ipswich nursing home have been praised for their “lovely” nature – with some even helping residents decorate their bedroom.

Cycle Ipswich is encouraging people to car share, walk, bike or use public transport every Friday during June.

A new campaign launched today is challenging people in Suffolk to go car-free on every Friday during June.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24