A police watchdog will investigate the deaths of a man and a woman, both in their 50s, after their bodies are found seven miles apart in Dorset.
Dorset police referred themselves to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) because one of the victims contacted the police the day before.
A woman was pronounced dead on a property in Weymouth after being stabbed and strangled to death on Thursday night.
A short time later, officers found the body of a man also in his 50s at an address on Portland Island.
The woman’s death is considered suspicious and a post-mortem examination confirmed that she died from multiple stab wounds and compression of the neck.
After completing a post-mortem examination of the man, his death will not be treated as suspicious.
Dorset police said the man and woman, who have not been identified, were known to each other.
Investigators believe the woman was deliberately murdered in her Weymouth home by a man who subsequently fled the scene (photo taken yesterday)
Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour said: “We continue to investigate the circumstances of both deaths, which are treated as related.
“The families of both the woman and the man are kept constantly informed and supported by specially trained agents.
‘I would renew my appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the Ranelagh Road or Grove Road area on the afternoon of April 1 to please contact us.
“Local agents are conducting patrols and can be approached with any concern by members of the community.”
Neighbors described yesterday that they saw armed police smash the door of the Portland property on Thursday night before finding the body inside.
Police say both victims were known together, but it is not yet clear whether they were a couple. Clearly, the man’s death is being treated as suicide.
Investigation led agents to a house in Portland, about 20 minutes away by car, where they found the body of a man in his 50s (photo is the scene Thursday)
Shocked Portland neighbors described the dramatic moment when armed police broke in at around 6:30 p.m. to find the man inside.
Residents on the sleepy seaside street say the man moved in less than a year ago and the house has seen several residents come and go in recent times.
No one has been able to confirm his name, but it is described that he ‘keeps himself to himself’.
A neighbor in his eighties said: ‘At around 6:30 the police officers showed up with big black guns.
“They were joined by what I assume were inspectors in suits, and they stood outside talking for a long time.
‘Then they smashed the door and window and we heard them shout’ armed police. ‘
Portland Island is a tethered island in the English Channel about five miles south of Weymouth.
Neighbors described how armed police broke the door of the Portland property before finding the body inside. The police are searching the house
Dorset Police said: ‘We received a call from the ambulance service on Thursday, April 1 at 5:40 PM, reporting that a woman had been found injured at an address on Ranelagh Road in Weymouth.
Unfortunately, the woman – in her fifties and from the area – was pronounced dead on the spot. Her relatives have been informed.
The woman’s death is being treated as suspicious and an investigation is underway to determine the full circumstances surrounding her death.
“As part of our investigation, agents visited an address on Grove Road in Portland that same day around 6:40 PM and found the body of a man in his 50s.
‘The death is treated as unexplained and an investigation is underway. His family has also been informed. ‘
Shocked neighbors in Portland described the dramatic moment when armed police broke in at around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday to find the man inside. Depicted is an armed police officer on the scene
Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of the large crime investigation team, said: “Detailed investigation is underway into the circumstances of both deaths, which are currently treated as related to each other.
The families of both the woman and the man are supported by specially trained agents.
“ I would urge anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the Ranelagh Road or Grove Road area on the afternoon of Thursday, April 1, 2021 to contact us. ”