Somerset ‘murders’: Married couple killed in home with kids in bed ‘after row’ pictured

Jennifer and Stephen Chapple died at home in Norton Fitzwarren near Taunton on Sunday evening, Avon and Somerset police said. Two men were arrested on suspicion of murder

Stephen, 34, and Jennifer Chapple, 33, were killed on Sunday evening in Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton

A married couple killed at home with their children nearby were pictured for the first time.

Stephen, 34, and Jennifer Chapple, 33, were killed on Sunday night in Norton Fitzwarren near Taunton.

Her death was due to a long-standing argument with neighbors over parking, neighbors claimed.

Two men, aged 34 and 67, were arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in custody.

A friend of Jennifer’s who worked in a garden center posted disturbing news online after news of her tragic death became known.

“Take time for your friends,” she wrote.

“Make this visit to see your family. You just never know what might happen tomorrow. “







Stephen was an IT director at a local college



A heartbroken loved one wrote, “Chick, I fucking miss you. Thank you for the laugh, joy, and craziness that you brought into my life.”

Her husband Stephen, 34, was the IT director at West Somerset Community College and also made informational videos about computers that he posted online.

The deaths shocked the small community.

One resident claimed he heard screams before 999 crews arrived at 9.45 p.m. on Sunday evening.

The street where two houses were being forensically examined was cordoned off.

Several tents were erected outside of the affected properties while the detective locations continued their work.

Local residents claimed that there were up to 30 emergency vehicles and a helicopter at the scene of the horror on Sunday night.

The villager, who did not want to be named, said, “We heard some screams and then there were tons of police officers and ambulances in a short time.

“This is usually a pretty quiet little street. But the police said they had had previous contact with those involved, so there must have been a big problem behind the scenes.”








Norton Fitzwarren Street was cordoned off during a police investigation
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Norton Fitzwarren is a village of about 3,000 people and is located about two miles outside of Taunton in Somerset.

Stephen and Jennifer were found seriously injured at an address in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren at around 9.45pm on Sunday, Avon and Somerset police said.

Despite the efforts of the rescue workers, both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said there were two children on the property at the time of the killings.

Avon and Somerset Police said formal identification of the victims was underway and their autopsies would be carried out in due course.

The troops announced that they had voluntarily turned to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) on the basis of previous contacts with those involved.

Major Crime Investigation Team’s Detective Inspector Neil Meade said, “The thoughts of everyone in the police force this morning are with the families of the two people who sadly died last night.

“Two young children were on the property at the time of the incident and while fortunately they were not injured, they are understandably saddened by what happened.

“They are looked after and specially trained officers are deployed to support the families of the victims in what are certainly the most difficult times.”








Honors were left at the crime scene
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He added, “We will conduct a full and thorough investigation and do everything in our power to bring justice to the families of the victims.

“Although this appears to be an isolated incident, there will be increased police activity in the area to calm the community down.

“Incidents like this are very rare, but when they happen we know they are of major concern.

A police cordon remains in place on two lots on the street while forensic investigations are in progress.

A resident of the newly built property around Dragon Rise said the victims were “very kind”.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Avon and Somerset Police Department on 101 using reference number 5221274497.

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