Heartbreaking wedding photo of couple stabbed in 'parking row' as ex-soldier arrested
By SEAMLESS DAILY
24 November 2021
a couple who were killed as their children, aged six and five, slept upstairs had been involved in a parking dispute, neighbours have claimed.
Jennifer and Stephen Chapple were found seriously injured at the house in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset, on Sunday.
The grainy footage, which she sent to a friend, shows her being confronted by a man, who shouts : "F***ing gobbing off."
the man then walks away, still swearing.
Police, who said the children had been asleep at the time of the attack, confirmed Jennifer had died from stab wounds, while post mortem examinations were still being carried out on her husband.
Dad-of-two Collin Reeves, 34, a former Commando Royal Engineer who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday, was being questioned tonight after magistrates granted an extension to the custody time limit.
A man of 67 was also arrested on Sunday but released under investigation.
Avon and Somerset Police said the incident on the Dragon Rise estate would be referred to the policing watchdog due to "prior police contact with those involved".
Chief Inspector Justin French said : "There have been previous incidents.
there have been call outs in the past."
Neighbours said there had been disputes about parking in the street and that police had visited on at least three previous occasions to speak to those involved.
Drone pictures showed two cars parked bumper to bumper in the Chapples' designated space.
Another resident, Melissa, said : "Everyone has an issue with parking around here.
Some people have multiple cars there isn't space for and it has caused a lot of upset."
jennifer worked at the otter garden centre at pen elm, near taunton.
Manager Rob Brooks said : "She was a well-loved and respected member of the team, a lovely, kind-hearted lady and a devoted mother.
Stephen was an IT teacher at West Somerset College.
Gregg Mockridge, the headteacher of West Somerset college, where Stephen Chapple taught, said : "Steve was a fantastic colleague, a brilliant teacher that cared deeply about the students in his care.
A couple were killed in their home as their two children were asleep upstairs, police have said.
They died at the scene.
Their children, aged five and six, are being looked after by family members.
a postmortem confirmed jennifer chapple died from multiple stab wounds.
det insp neil meade, said : "what happened to stephen and jennifer is utterly heartbreaking and i can't begin to imagine the impact their deaths will have on their two children.
This is a tragic incident which has shocked the community, and neighbourhood officers are patrolling the area to provide reassurance."
Officers were called to the property in the village near Taunton at about 21:45 GMT.
Cordons remain at two properties on the housing estate as officers continue to examine them.
Tributes poured in for the couple.
Mrs Chapple, 33, worked in the coffee shop at a garden centre in the village, where staff said they were "devastated" at the loss of their "much-loved friend".
she said : "it's a very close knit, loving family.
But due to prior contact with the couple, the force has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct ( IOPC ).
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When she died, Mrs Chapple's Facebook page carried an image reading : 'Don't let the ugly in others kill the beauty in you. '
the postmortem on stephen chapple was continuing on tuesday but a police source said he, too, had suffered stab wounds.
He led innovations in the use of technology across the school as well as within his own teaching.
Steve will be sadly missed by all staff and students and our thoughts and prayers go out to his children and wider family at this time."
A murder investigation is being led by the major crime investigation team.
Such a kind and welcoming couple."
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