Fuller family quarry deaths: Children were stabbed

  • 18 July 2012
  • From the section England
Sam Fuller and Charlotte Fuller
Image caption Sam and Charlotte Fuller's bodies were found along with those of their sister Rebecca and father Ceri

Three children who were discovered dead along with their father at a disused quarry in Shropshire had been stabbed, police have confirmed.

The bodies of Ceri Fuller, 35, his son Sam, 12, and daughters Rebecca, eight, and Charlotte, seven, from Gloucestershire, were found on Monday.

Post-mortem tests are expected to be carried out on Mr Fuller's body later.

Forensic teams have almost completed work at the quarry at Poles Coppice, Pontesbury Hill, near Shrewsbury.

Det Chief Insp Neil Jamieson, from West Mercia Police, said post-mortem examinations had revealed all the children died from stab injuries.

Mr Jamieson said he hoped the area could be released from police control and reopened to the public later on Wednesday or on Thursday morning.

Formal identification of all four is expected to take place on Thursday, police said.

Image caption Post-mortem tests on Mr Fuller's body are due to be carried out later

They added they wanted to establish the family's movements after they left their home in the village of Milkwall near Coleford in the Forest of Dean in a red Land Rover Freelander, last Wednesday evening or early on Thursday morning.

Mr Jamieson said: "We know they were in the Leominster area at around midday on Thursday and then in Newtown around 3pm.

"From there, they went on to the Welshpool area and were there just after 3.30pm.

"We are still trawling routes for CCTV opportunities to establish further information, especially about their movement towards Shrewsbury and the Pontesbury area."

On Tuesday Mr Fuller's wife, and mother of the children, Ruth Fuller, said: "I don't have the words to describe how I feel at the moment.

"All I would ask is that I be left alone to grieve with my family."

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