Jennifer and Stephen Chapple: Mum stabbed to death as children slept upstairs
By SEAMLESS DAILY
23 November 2021
A coupled were killed in their home as their two children were asleep upstairs, police have said.
The pair, named locally as Jennifer and Stephen Chapple, died at a house in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton while two young children were inside on Sunday night.
The pair- named locally- were found with serious injuries and died at the scene.
Their children, aged five and six, are being looked after by family members.
two men, aged 34 and 67, were arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in custody.
The older man has been released under investigation.
Officers were called to the property in the village near Taunton at about 21:45 GMT.
Tributes have poured in to the couple since news of their deaths emerged.
Headteacher Gregg Mockridge said he will be "sadly missed".
"Steve was a fantastic colleague at West Somerset College, a brilliant teacher that cared deeply about the students in his care," he said.
Mrs Chapple 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.
The force said that due to prior contact with those involved, it had referred itself voluntarily to the Independent Office for Police Conduct ( IOPC ).
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Jenny suffered 'multiple' stab wounds, her postmortem found.
One resident of the new build estate around Dragon Rise said the victims were "very friendly".
Another said he had not realised anything was wrong.
Others said they heard screams and later the police and emergency services arriving.
a police cordon remains in place at two properties on the street while officers carry out a forensic examination of the scene.
A formal identification process and post-mortem examinations to determine the causes of death will take place in due course.
Detective Inspector Neil Meade, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said : 'The thoughts of everyone in the force this morning are with the families of the two people who sadly died last night.
'Two young children were inside the property at the time of the incident and while thankfully they weren't hurt, they are understandably distressed at what has happened.
'they are being looked after and specially trained officers have been deployed to support the victims' families in what is undoubtedly the most difficult of times."
he added : "we will carry out a full and thorough investigation and we will do all we can to achieve justice for the victims' families.
det insp neil meade said : "while this appears to be an isolated incident, there will be increased police activity in the area to provide the community with reassurance."
"Incidents like this are very rare but when they do happen, we know they cause significant concern so we'd urge anyone with worries or questions to speak to an officer or contact their local neighbourhood policing team."
Anyone with any information is urged to contact Avon and Somerset Police on 101 quoting reference number 5221274497.
the pair aged in their 30s died at the scene, avon and somerset police said.
The neighbour, who did not wanted to be named, said : "They were attacked inside the house I have been told."
Their deaths followed a long running dispute with neighbours over parking, neighbours claimed.
"This is normally a fairly quiet little road.
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