Tuesday, 19 July 2016

It is believed a father shot his wife and daughter near a swimming pool in Lincolnshire - before killing himself.

Claire (R) and Charlotte Hart
Claire Hart (R) and daughter Charlotte
A father is believed to have shot dead his wife and teenage daughter in a small market town - before killing himself.
Lance Hart is understood to have killed his wife Claire, 50, and daughter Charlotte, 19, with a shotgun before killing himself.
The shootings happened near a pool in Spalding at about 9am. No shots were fired by officers.
The emergency services gathered at the scene
Paramedics attended the scene and attempted to save the three injured
Scene of the shooting
A blue and silver car are at the centre of the investigation
Witnesses said swimmers in the pool heard the shootings and a centre manager rushed out to find the injured bleeding on the ground.
Paramedics arrived at Castle Swimming Pool shortly afterwards by air ambulance and fought to save the three injured, but to no avail.
Scene of the shooting
Emergency vehicles at the scene of the tragedy in Spalding
One school - nearby Spalding Grammar School - was put in lockdown and the sports centre and pool were closed.
Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and there are no indications that the matter is terrorist-related.
One local man, who did not want to be identified, said: "From what I understand a man shot himself and his family."
Officers raided a house in Hatt Close, Moulton, Spalding, which one resident in the street claimed was linked to the shooting.

Very serious and busy scene at Castle Sports Complex. I'm sure emergency services would appreciate onlookers staying away.
Aerial Sky News helicopter footage from the scene shows police tape surrounding a silver hatch-back car with debris scattered around it.
Next to that a white forensic police tent covers the front of a blue car.
What appears to be a silver body bag is laid on the ground nearby, next to a separate, smaller, forensic tent.    
Video: Police Update On Spalding Shooting
An East Midlands Ambulance spokesman said: "Upon arriving at scene, our paramedics treated three patients who had gunshot wounds.
"Despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene the patients were pronounced dead." 
Police at the scene
Police at the scene of the shootings (Nigel Chapman/Spalding Voice)
Journalist Nigel Chapman told Sky News that the pool is in the centre of Spalding and a busy area for cars, pedestrians and cyclists.
Spalding swimming pool
Spalding swimming pool
"There was a sound like a bird scarer going off," he said.
"I went down and there were scores of emergency vehicles and the entrances to the pool had been shut.
"We have our suspicions that this may be a murder/suicide at this stage." 
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Twitter: "Shocking events in Spalding, Lincolnshire. My thoughts are with the victims and their families."
Laura Spring, who works at the Woodlands Hotel on Pinchbeck Road, told the Lincolnshire Echo: "It is absolutely devastating.
"I have a cold shiver running down my spine." 
Police urged members of the public to stay away from the area.
Any witnesses are asked to call 101, quoting incident number 92 of 19 July.