DERBYSHIRE EXPLOSION LATEST: Woman died of stab wounds, police say

Officers investigating the death of two people whose bodies were found following a fire at a house in Riddings have revealed how they died.

Tuesday, 22nd September 2015, 4:06 pm

The bodies, believed to be Shelley Saxton-Cooper, 45, and Simon Saxton-Cooper, 50, were found after emergency services were called to a house on Valley View Road on Sunday.

A Home Office pathologist carried out post-mortem examinations on their bodies and determined that Mrs Saxton-Cooper died as a result of stab wounds and Mr Saxton-Cooper died from smoke inhalation.

A Derbyshire Constabulary spokesman said: “The cause of the fire is not yet known and the police and fire service are conducting an ongoing investigation.

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“A report is being compiled for the coroner who will hold an inquest into the deaths at a future date.”

On Tuesday, police announced they are treating the incident as suspicious and Mrs Saxton-Cooper’s death as murder.

The spokesman added: “We don’t believe, at this time, that anyone else is involved.”