Man charged with 'murder' of married couple found stabbed to death at home

A man, 34, has been charged with murdering Jennifer and Stephen Chapple, who were found dead at their home in Somerset on Sunday.

Collin Reeves, of Dragon Rise, remains in police custody and is due to appear at Taunton Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning.

His neighbours Jennifer, aged 33, and Stephen, aged 36, were formally identified earlier today.

Post-mortem examinations concluded they both died from multiple stab wounds.

The husband and wife were killed as their children slept upstairs at their home, also in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren.

Detective Inspector Neil Meade, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: ‘Specialist officers are providing support to Jennifer and Stephen’s families and our thoughts remain with them this evening.

‘We’ve been keeping them fully updated on the progress of our investigation and they’re aware of this latest development.

‘It is undoubtedly an extremely difficult time for them and I’d ask their privacy is respected as they continue to come to terms with what has happened.’

He added: ‘I’d like to remind both the media and the public that criminal proceedings are now active and Collin Reeves has a right to a fair trial.

‘It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.’

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