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Exeter murder probe after three men in 80s found dead

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after three men in their 80s – two of whom were believed to have been twins – were found dead.

The bodies of two 84-year-olds, named locally as Dick and Roger Carter, were found in Exeter on Tuesday, a day after that of another man aged 80.

Police said the level of violence used against all three had led them to link the deaths.

A 27-year-old man remains in police custody.

Officers were first called to Bonhay Road at 15:00 GMT on Monday, where they found the body of the 80-year-old man.

At 13:00 GMT on Tuesday, police attended a property in Cowick Lane, about 1.5 miles (2.4km) away, and discovered the bodies of the two other men.

Det Chief Insp Roy Linden, from the major crime investigation team, said: “At this time there are several and significant common factors between the two addresses.

“In terms of the level of violence used we decided last night to link the investigations – originally they were treated as two separate murder investigations.”

Supt Matt Lawler said officers were yet to establish a “clear connection between the parties involved”.

Flowers outside the property

Image captionFlowers were left for the twins Dick and Roger Carter outside the property in Cowick Lane

Dick and Roger Carter were born in September 1934, and were both directors of an agricultural company called Traycrop from the early 1990s until it was dissolved in 2004.

“You had a job to tell them apart they looked so similar, even at their age,” said one neighbour who did not want to be named.

Local shopkeeper Jim Wright, of Broadway Stores, said they were “eccentric” and “reclusive”.

“Richard would come into the shop – I don’t know the other one, he never came in.”

Mr Wright’s wife Kerry said: “It’s horrible to think something like that could happen outside your front door – your house is meant to be your safe place.” Read more

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Exeter murder probe after three men in 80s found dead