Mother and son found dead at home in Halewood

Banbury Avenue
Image caption Police said they were not looking for anyone over the deaths

A man and woman discovered with knife wounds at a house on Merseyside were a mother and her son, police have said.

The bodies of Annie Coffey, 54, and her son Christopher Coffey, 24, were found at their home in Halewood on Monday.

Merseyside Police officers were called to the house on Banbury Avenue at 1140 GMT on Monday and found them.

A post-mortem examination showed they both died as a result of stab wounds to the neck. Police are treating their deaths as unexplained.

A spokeswoman said officers were working to establish the full circumstances of the incident.

It is understood the bodies were found in their respective bedrooms.

Friend and next-door neighbour in Banbury Avenue, Ann Bessant, described Mr Coffey as a "gentle giant" and said his mother was good-natured and friendly.

'Really lovely lady'

She said: "I am devastated. I can't believe it. She was a good neighbour. She was lovely, bubbly, good-natured and friendly."

Miss Bessant said Mrs Coffey's husband Tommy died six years ago last Sunday.

Another neighbour, who asked not to be named, said police broke a door down and went into the house after Mrs Coffey's work colleagues at Northern Rail reported that she had not been in for two days.

She said Mrs Coffey worked in the ticket office of Halewood railway station.

The neighbour said of Mrs Coffey: "She was a really lovely lady. She had three lovely sons. They've never been in trouble.

"I just can't believe it. It's horrible. They were such a normal family. It's so sad."

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