Couple killed in front of young children over ‘parking row’ were ‘very friendly’

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A married couple tragically murdered over an alleged ‘parking dispute’ have been pictured for the first time.

Stephen Chapple, 36, and his wife Jennifer, 33 were found with serious injuries inside their home they shared with their two young children in the village of Norton Fitzwarren in Somerset.

Police confirmed the two young children were present in the house on Dragon Rise at the time of the attacks but were unharmed.

Mr Chapple, who is a Computing Teacher at West Somerset College, and his wife had been involved in a row over parking for weeks, a source confirmed to The Mirror.

His wife Jennifer worked in the coffee shop at Otter Garden Centre in Taunton.

Speaking to Mail Online, Rob Brooks, manager of the Otter Garden Centre, said Jenny "was a well loved member of staff and a very kind person".

One neighbour described the couple as “very friendly.” Police were called to the property at 9:45pm, the bodies of a man and a woman were found.

Paramedics and police officers tried to save their lives but both sadly died at the scene.

It has been confirmed that police had prior contact with those involved in the murder, and that Avon and Somerset Police will make a voluntary referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The force said It would be inappropriate for them to go into further detail until the referral has been considered.

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.

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“They are being looked after and specially trained officers have been deployed to support the victim’s families in what is undoubtedly the most difficult of times.”

Police have asked for anyone who has information which would help their investigation, to phone 101 and give the call-handler the reference number 5221274497.

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