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By Caroline Kingdon

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from the Norfolk Live team for today.

    Our main story has been the deaths of two people in the west Norfolk village of Magdalen.

    The body of Stephen Muncaster, 47, was found in the front garden of a property in Stow Road shortly after midnight. His partner, Allison Muncaster, 48, was found inside.

    Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident, and forensic teams will remain on the scene for several days.

    Take a scroll back through today's live page to see how the story unfolded throughout the day.

    We'll be back tomorrow morning from 08:00. Have a good evening. 

  2. Archive: When Michael Carroll won the lottery

    The uncle of the lottery winner Michael Carroll has been named as one of the two people found dead in Magdalen, Norfolk.

    The body of Stephen Muncaster, 47, was found in the front garden of a property on Stow Road. His partner Allison Muncaster, 48, was found inside.

    Michael Carroll was living with Mr Muncaster and his since estranged wife Kelly at the Magdalen home when he scooped the £9.7m jackpot.

    BBC Look East interviewed them both at the time of the win in 2002.  

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    Video caption: Magdalen shootings: Lottery winner had lived with his uncle Stephen Muncaster
  3. Double shooting: Forensic work continues

    The detective leading the investigation into the deaths of two people in west Norfolk says they're not looking for anybody else in connection with the incident in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

    The body of Stephen Muncaster, 47, was found in the front garden of a bungalow on Stow Road. His partner Allison Muncaster, 48, was found inside.

    Det Supt Paul Durham, from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team, says there's more forensic work still to be done around the property and residents of the west Norfolk village can expect to see a police presence for several more days.

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    Video caption: Magdalen shootings: Police will remain at scene of double deaths
  4. Magdalen shootings: More photographs from the scene

    Magdalen shooting scene
    Magdalen shooting scene
    Magdalen shooting scene
  5. Magdalen shootings: Lottery winner had lived with his uncle

    Caroline Kingdon

    BBC Local Live

    The uncle of the lottery winner Michael Carroll has been named as one of the two people found dead in Magdalen earlier this morning.

    The body of Stephen Muncaster, 47, was found in the front garden of a property on Stow Road. His partner Allison Muncaster, 48, was found inside.

    Michael Carroll was living with Mr Muncaster and his since estranged wife Kelly at the Magdalen home when he scooped the £9.7m jackpot in 2002. 

    Stephen Muncaster and Michael Carroll in November 2002

    Mr Carroll became known as the "Lotto Lout" when he collected his winnings wearing an electronic tag. He hit the headlines as he frittered away chunks of his fortune, but also gave sums to relatives including Mr Muncaster and his then wife.   

  6. Magdalen shootings: Couple were 'kind and generous'

    Jill Bennett

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Police say Stephen Muncaster, 47, was found in the garden of the house on Stow Road, in Magdalen, when the ambulance crew arrived shortly after midnight.

    Then the body of his wife, Allison Muncaster, 48, was found inside the property.

    The couple had lived in the village for a number of years, and one of their neighbours paid tribute to them as kind and generous.

    A floral tribute was left at the corner of the road by friends a couple of hours ago.

    The police say they're not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.  Post-mortem examinations will be carried out on the couple and the police hope to formally identify them as soon as possible.

    Floral tribute to Stephen and Allison Muncaster
  7. Magdalen shootings: From the scene

    Kim Riley

    BBC Look East

    It might sound a cliche to talk about a quiet village where little happens but Magdalen is one of those very quiet villages - it's home to less than 1,000 people

    Many awoke this morning not quite able to understand what had taken place - the road through the village was blocked off by police and not even pedestrians were allowed to walk by the bungalow where the two bodies where found.

    I got here about 11:30 to observe a huge amount of forensic team activity.

    The police tell me they understand how neighbours are extremely shocked at what's going on and they'll try to clarify what happened as soon as they can.

  8. Magdalen shootings: 'Dogs went mental' and there was a 'loud bang'

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    Video caption: Magdalen shootings: Residents' reaction to deaths of man and woman
  9. Magdalen couple 'died from gunshot wounds'

    Det Supt Paul Durham said: "As a result of our initial investigation this morning there is no evidence to suggest that anyone else was involved in this incident.

    "However, our investigation into the full circumstances surrounding their deaths will continue. At the moment it is thought that both of them died from gunshot wounds and a firearm has been located at the scene.

    "Home Office post-mortems will take place in due course and we will seek to formally identify the couple as soon as possible."

  10. BreakingPolice name Magdalen deceased

    Norfolk Police says the bodies found at a property in Magdalen are believed to be Stephen Muncaster, 47, and Allison Muncaster, 48.

  11. Double deaths: Investigation into Magdalen village shootings

    Kim Riley

    BBC Look East

    Forensic teams are searching a property in Magdalen as a police investigation continues following the deaths of two people in the village earlier today.

    Shortly after midnight, the body of a man was discovered in the front garden of a bungalow and a woman's body was found inside. Both are believed to be in their 40s.

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    Video caption: Magdalen shootings: Police inquiry following deaths of man and woman
  12. Magdalen shootings: The latest pictures

    Police investigations continue into the deaths of a man and a woman in Magdalen earlier today.

    Police forensic vehicle and officer

    The bodies were found at a property in Stow Road shortly after midnight. 

    Forensic officer at scene of Magdalen shootings

    The incident happened at the home of Stephen Muncaster, the uncle of lottery winner Michael Carroll. Mr Carroll won £9.7m on the lottery in 2002. 

    Police vehicles on Stow Road

    Stow Road, the main road through the quiet village, remains closed as forensic investigations continue.

  13. Magdalen shootings: 'We thought it was a road accident'

    View of scene of shooting in Magdalen

    Councillor Sandra Squire, whose ward neighbours Magdalen, says she saw the cordoned-off area when she dropped her children off at school, but she and other mothers had thought it was a road accident.

    When they found out that Stow Road was closed because of the deaths of a man and a woman, she said the mood in the tiny village was "sombre, we were shocked... we're completely stunned, it's horrendous." 

    Quote Message: It's a really tiny village and a tight-knit community. It's going to take a while for everyone to get over this." from Councillor Sandra Squire Wimbotsham with Fincham Ward
    Councillor Sandra SquireWimbotsham with Fincham Ward
  14. Magdalen shootings: Incident at home of lottery winner's uncle

    The suspected firearms incident in Magdalen in which two people died happened at the home of Stephen Muncaster, the uncle of £9.7m lottery winner Michael Carroll, we can confirm.

    Here's how news of today's incident unfolded:

    • The East of England Ambulance Service received a call at 00:08
    • They sent two ambulance crews and a rapid response officer to Stow Road in Magdalen
    • Two people were discovered and pronounced dead at the scene
    • Detectives from the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team launch an inquiry following the deaths of a man and a woman
    • Stow Road remains sealed off for forensic investigations to continue
  15. Magdalen shootings: 'Extremely shocking' says MP

    Elizabeth Truss, who's constituency includes the village of Magdalen, says the deaths of a man and woman in a suspected firearms incident earlier today is "extremely shocking."

    Quote Message: My thoughts are very much with the family and friends of those involved. Obviously the investigation is ongoing and I know the police are out in the community speaking to local residents about what has taken place. I have asked the Chief Constable to keep me updated on developments." from Elizabeth Truss MP South West Norfolk
    Elizabeth Truss MPSouth West Norfolk
  16. Magdalen shootings: In the national press

    Here's a look at how some of the national newspapers are reporting on the deaths of a man and woman in Magdalen earlier today:

    Scene of Magdalen shootings
    • The Daily Mail reports that the man and woman were found shot dead in a suspected murder-suicide
    • The Telegraph says a man and woman have died in a shooting in a picturesque village near King's Lynn. 
    • The Sun breaks the news as "Lotto lout family horror"
    • Two dead after "firearms incident" near Sandringham Estate is the Daily Express headline
  17. Magdalen shootings: 'It's the biggest thing that's happened here'

    Jill Bennett

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Will Smith, who lives near the bungalow on Stow Road, Magdalen, where the bodies of a man and woman were discovered earlier today has been talking to me about the incident. 

    "I'm a deep sleeper and didn't hear anything... my friends told me... I walked out in my dressing gown this morning and saw the incident tent five houses down."

    Mr Smith told me he didn't know the couple, but knew of them and that they had "several dogs... three or four Doberman's, that were always barking."

    Quote Message: It's pretty shocking really... nothing ever happens here... I've lived here for maybe 10 years and this is the biggest thing that's happened... I wouldn't ever expect it to happen in King's Lynn let alone Magdalen, it's such a small place." from Will Smith Resident
    Will SmithResident
  18. Magdalen shootings: 'I heard a gunshot'

    Jill Bennett

    BBC Radio Norfolk

    Residents in the west Norfolk village of Magdalen, near King's Lynn, have been speaking to me about the deaths of a man and a woman early this morning.

    Greig Dunsmuir told me he heard a gunshot about 00:12 with "a commotion, people shouting and screaming... it wasn't drawn out for long, maybe three to four minutes and that was it... it was a loud boom."

    He told me the noise woke his wife up, she sat bolt upright in bed but they didn't think any more of it until this morning when they saw the police vehicles and cordon.

    Scene of Magdalen incident, with police vehicles
  19. Magdalen shootings: Inquiry into double deaths

    An inquiry has been launched following the deaths of two people in Magdalen, west Norfolk, early this morning in what's believed to be a firearms incident.

    Scene of incident in Stow Road

    Det Supt Paul Durham, who's leading the inquiry on behalf of the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team (MIT), says the investigation into the deaths of a man and woman is in its early stages. 

    A seal remains in place at the property for forensic examinations to continue by crime scene investigators. The road is also closed for further investigation.   

    Quote Message: I understand how shocking the news of this incident must be for neighbours of the two people involved and other local residents, I can reassure them that we are putting all our efforts into establishing the circumstances surrounding their deaths.” from Det Supt Paul Durham Joint MIT
    Det Supt Paul DurhamJoint MIT
  20. Profile: The village of Magdalen

    The west Norfolk village of Magdalen lies to the west of the River Great Ouse, just 8 miles (12km) south of King's Lynn.

    Map showing Magdalen and King's Lynn

    Within the parish of Wiggenall St Mary Magdalen, it has a population of just over 700 people and the village school, rated Good Ofsted in 2013, takes pupils from the age of four to 11.

    The parish church of Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalene houses a rare collection of medieval stained glass. The local watering hole is the Cock Inn.