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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday, 12 July 2016
  2. Two people killed in firearms incident in Magdalen, west Norfolk
  3. Police says the bodies are believed to be Stephen Muncaster and Allison Muncaster, both in their late 40s
  4. The bodies were discovered at a bungalow in Stow Road just after midnight
  5. A cordon has been set up the village where there is a "sense of shock"
  6. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Caroline Kingdon

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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. 

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.  

Magdalen shootings: Lottery winner had lived with his uncle Stephen Muncaster

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.

Magdalen shootings: More photographs from the scene

Magdalen shooting scene
Paul Tibbs
Magdalen shooting scene
Paul Tibbs
Magdalen shooting scene
Paul Tibbs

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
BBC

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.   

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
BBC

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.

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

Magdalen shootings: Residents' reaction to deaths of man and woman

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."

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.

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.

Magdalen shootings: Police inquiry following deaths of man and woman

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
PA

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

Forensic officer at scene of Magdalen shootings
PA

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
PA

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

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

View of scene of shooting in Magdalen
PA

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." 

It's a really tiny village and a tight-knit community. It's going to take a while for everyone to get over this."

Councillor Sandra SquireWimbotsham with Fincham Ward

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

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."

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."

Elizabeth Truss MPSouth West Norfolk

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
BBC
  • 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

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."

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."

Will SmithResident

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
BBC

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
Paul Tibbs

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.   

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.”

Det Supt Paul DurhamJoint MIT

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
BBC

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.

Magdalen shootings: 'A big shock for a small village'

Jill Bennett

BBC Radio Norfolk

I've just arrived on Stow Road in Magdalen which is currently blocked off by the police. Looking down the road I can see a police tent in the garden of a bungalow.

Neighbours have not yet spoken to me, but clearly there was some disruption in the early hours of the morning, but police have not yet confirmed what time they arrived at the scene.

It's a major investigation and a big shock in a small village like this - it's not a place you expect to find great drama.

And if you're thinking the village sounds familiar - it hit the headlines a few years ago because lottery winner Michael Carroll lived here with his aunt.

Forensic tent and police vehicle
BBC

Magdalen shootings: Two found dead

Police have confirmed two people have died following what's believed to be a firearms incident in Magdalen, west Norfolk.

Concerns were raised for the safety of two residents by staff at the East of England Ambulance Service shortly after midnight.

Upon arrival at the property in Stow Road, the body of a man was discovered in the front garden and the body of a woman was found inside.

Both are believed to be in their late 40's.

White tent in property on Stow Road
Paul Tibbs

BreakingMagdalen shootings: Two people killed

It has just been confirmed that two people, a man and a woman, have been killed in what's believed to a firearms incident in Magdalen, south of King's Lynn. 

An inquiry has been launched by the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team.

More to follow...

BreakingMagdalen incident: Reports of possible double shooting

We've got reporters on their way to the scene of the incident in Magdalen after reports of a possible double shooting... we're awaiting official confirmation.

Magdalen: Police at scene of incident

Lynn News

This is how the Lynn News is reporting on the incident in Magdalen: 

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Further details still awaited on west Norfolk incident

We've just spoken to Norfolk Police, who say they are not yet in a position to release further details about the ongoing incident in Magdalen.

A police cordon has been set up in the village as investigations continue.

Magdalen, west Norfolk
Paul Tibbs

At the scene: People not being told anything

Paul Tibbs, a photographer at the scene, said the bungalow at the centre of the investigation is on a main road running through Magdalen and backs on the River Great Ouse.

"People are being stopped at a police cordon," he said. "People were waking up and seeing police in the road. They were coming out and asking what was going on. Obviously they're not being told anything.

"As news filters around the village obviously there will be a definite sense of shock."

Scene of incident in Magadelen, west Norfolk
Paul Tibbs

Ongoing incident at bungalow in west Norfolk

Norfolk police are at the scene of an incident in west Norfolk, in the village of Magdalen near King's Lynn.

BBC Radio Norfolk's Jill Bennett is on her way to the scene, Norfolk police have said they'll let us have some further details in the next few minutes...

Police car and Police Accident signs
Paul Tibbs

BreakingPolice at scene of incident in west Norfolk

We're getting reports of an incident in Magdalen, near King's Lynn, where police are in attendance.

Details are still coming in and we'll bring you more information shortly.

Pre-season friendly: Canaries take on Lowestoft Town

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

Finally in sport for now... Norwich City take on Lowestoft Town in a pre-season friendly this evening. 

The match at Crown Meadow is the first chance for Canaries' fans to see their team in preparation for the Championship season which starts next month.

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The friendly doubles up as a testimonial for former Lowestoft player and manager Micky Chapman who served the club as a player and manager for 33 years. Chapman is also a big Norwich City fan.

Sponges 'found in fuel tank' of speedway rider

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

King's Lynn Stars' number one Niels-Kristian Iversen has revealed that two sponges were found in the fuel tank of his bike ahead of last night's Elite League speedway win at Coventry. 

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Iversen had managed a disappointing return of three points from five rides during Saturday's British Grand Prix at Cardiff.  It's not clear whether 'Spongegate', as it's being called, played a part in that. 

Stars win speedway thriller at Coventry

Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk sport

But let's start with sport, because King's Lynn Stars held on for a dramatic 47-46 win at Coventry to reignite their hopes of a play-off push in speedway's Elite League.

The Stars led by four points going into the final heat but when their number one Niels-Kristian Iversen crashed out it was left to Troy Batchelor to hold on to the second place The Stars needed to clinch the win. 

Troy Batchelor
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Iversen was Lynn's top scorer on the night, with 12, while Danish youngster Nikolaj Busk Jakobsen returned an impressive 10 points. 

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Caroline Kingdon

BBC Local Live

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