Couple from Glasgow found dead in Tenerife

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A British couple found dead at their home in Tenerife have been named by the Foreign Office.

The bodies of James Mutch, 57, and Beatrice Sallens, 69, were discovered by police at an apartment in the resort of Playa de las Americas.

Neighbours had reported bad smells coming from the premises.

Post-mortem exams are being carried out. Initial tests suggest the pair, who originally lived in Glasgow, could have been dead for at least five days.

Police said there were no signs of a break-in and no arrests have been made.

The couple were found in the sitting room and bedroom respectively of the apartment in the Residencial Los Cardones complex.

Consular assistance

Clio O'Flynn, the editor of the local newspaper in Tenerife, Island Connections, told the BBC's Scotland Live programme that police were investigating reports that Mr Mutch was terminally ill and died after falling and hitting his head.

She added: "We believe the couple rented the apartment over the last five years from a Swedish couple.

"This led the police to actually delay their confirmation of the nationalities of the couple because they weren't actually sure if it was the owners or the rentees who had died."

A police spokesman said he believed the couple lived in the resort and were not just there on holiday.

The police added that "no lines of inquiry are being ruled out for the moment".

The Foreign Office said it had been informed of the deaths and was providing consular assistance to next of kin.

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