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Magistrate Yvonne Davies and husband dead in 'murder-suicide'

Yvonne Davies Image copyright @YvonneDavies1
Image caption Ms Davies was a magistrate and head of communications and PR at Central University Hospitals Trust

A magistrate and her husband have died in a suspected murder-suicide at a house in Greater Manchester.

Yvonne Davies, 46, was found stabbed in the kitchen at the property in Meadway Road, Stockport, on Friday.

Post-mortem tests found Ms Davies died from multiple stab wounds and Andrew Davies, 45, was deemed to have died of asphyxiation due to hanging.

Greater Manchester Police said they did not believe there was any "third-party involvement".

'Much valued'

Det Supt Emily Higham said: "We are still making inquiries into the deaths of these two people, to try and ascertain the exact circumstances leading up to this tragic incident.

"However, we do not believe there is any third-party involvement and we are not currently looking for anyone in connection with their deaths."

Ms Davies was a magistrate at Manchester Magistrates' Court and head of communications and PR at the Central University Hospitals Trust in Manchester, where she had worked for more than 20 years.

Image caption Police were called to the address in Meadway Road, Stockport after a report of concern for welfare

A trust spokeswoman said: "Yvonne was a much valued and long-standing member of our staff.

"We were deeply saddened to learn of Yvonne's sudden and tragic death.

"Our thoughts are with her family at this most difficult time."

The trust said Ms Davies would be "sadly missed by her many friends and colleagues".

'Pleasant couple'

Police were called to the house at about 18:40 GMT on Friday and discovered the couple.

Det Supt Higham added: "The community will be understandably shocked therefore we do have extra patrols in the area to offer some reassurance.

"A full investigation into the circumstances surrounding their deaths is now under way."

Neighbours said they were a "pleasant and private couple" who had lived at the property for several years.

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