PICTURED: Murdered couple in their 60s found dead after ‘targeted attack’ at sheltered accommodation in Buckinghamshire
Two people found murdered at a sheltered accommodation in Buckinghamshire have been revealed as a couple in their 60s.
Their bodies were found at Orchard House in Spring Gardens, Bourne End, alongside a third man in his 50s.
Last night, the couple were named locally as Sue and Jeff Farrance.
There was ‘evidence to suggest a serious assault had occurred’, said Thames Valley Police, who have launched a murder probe.
It appears to have been a ‘targeted attack’ and detectives are ‘not looking for anyone else in connection with it’, the force added.
A couple in their 60s killed at a sheltered accommodation in Buckinghamshire have been named locally as Sue and Jeff Farrance
The incident took place at Orchard House in Spring Gardens, Bourne End, which is run by Red Kite Community Housing
One neighbour told Mail Online:’I saw them both late on Tuesday night. I had been into town with Sue as she was getting some money to go away for the weekend.
‘She was going to Hastings or somewhere near there to see friends with Jeff. I went to the bank just to keep her company and make sure she was safe.
‘We then had some lunch in the pub and came back. I had a cup of tea with them and left at around 4pm.
‘The last time I heard from Sue was a few hours later as we had arranged to see each other before they went away.
‘She was more outgoing then Jeff and she had a lot of friends. We chatted and she said her arthritis was playing up and we said good night and that was it.
‘This morning (wed) I went over to their flat but the police wouldn’t let me in. They said there has been an incident and I tried her on the phone and there was no answer.
‘Everyone is saying it was Sue and Jeff. I hope it’s not them. They were a lovely couple and she enjoyed walking and going out. I’ve know them for years and she had three grown up kids from a previous relationship.
‘The father had died a few years ago and she met Jeff who she was at school with she told me and they got married a few years ago.
‘She adored her family and her grandchildren she had two or three. I just don’t understand how this happened or who the other person is.’
Residents were told they were ‘not allowed to leave’ during the operation, which involved a police helicopter, the Bucks Free Press reported.
An occupant on the top floor of a block of flats opposite Orchard House earlier said: ‘I saw around half a dozen armed officers go down the alley and from the back entrance last night.
‘My friend who’s visiting his mum at Orchard House said an hour ago he wasn’t allowed to leave.’
A man and a woman, in their sixties and from Bourne End, and a man in his fifties, from Hazelmere – all known to each other – were found dead, said police (cordoned-off area above)
A resident on the top floor of a block of flats opposite Orchard House said: ‘I saw around half a dozen armed officers go down the alley and from the back entrance last night’
Another resident, Avril Roll, said she had not slept all night because police had ‘kicked the back door in at about 11.50pm’.
One resident, who did not want to be named, said that police had ‘closed the communal hall and the forensic team are in there doing something’.
Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Kevin Brown, of the Major Crime Unit, said: ‘We have launched a murder investigation after the discovery of three people deceased within the property.
‘The next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers, our thoughts remain with them at this most difficult time.
‘We are in the very early stages of this investigation and we are dealing with a very complex enquiry, which appears a targeted attack. We are not looking for anyone else in connection with it.’
He added: ‘A scene watch is likely to be in place for a number of days at very least, which is likely to have an impact on local residents and we would like to thank them in advance for their patience.
‘Members of the pubic are likely to see an increased police presence while we continue to investigate and we would advise anyone with any concerns to please speak to one of our uniformed officers.’
Red Kite Community Housing said in a statement: ‘We are aware of an incident at one of our sheltered schemes, Orchard House in Bourne End.
‘We are currently working with the police to help assist with their investigation.’
Orchard House is a sheltered housing scheme operated by Red Kite Housing in the village, which is five miles south-east of High Wycombe.
Anyone who may have heard a disturbance or seen anyone or anything unusual in or around Orchard House or Spring Gardens between 5pm and 10pm yesterday is urged to call 101, quoting reference 2037 of 19/4/2022.