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Tuesday, September 28, 1999 Published at 22:33 GMT 23:33 UK


Love triangle leaves three dead

The quiet village of Kemsing is only a few miles from Sevenoaks

Three shotgun deaths in Kent and Durham were the result of a tragic love triangle, police have confirmed.

Former soldier John Turnbull killed his wife and her lover at his house near Sevenoaks before driving north to Durham, where he shot himself.

Friends of David Battle, a street entertainer from Sevenoaks, say he had been having an affair with Marion Turnbull.

Mr Turnbull had invited the lovers to the house, in the village of Kemsing, to discuss the relationship.

Multiple wounds

But his body was later discovered in a field in Brandon, on the outskirts of his home town, Durham. A shotgun was by his side.

It is thought he left a note explaining what he had done.

Acting on a tip-off from Durham police, officers in Kent forced their way into the terraced house in Kemsing.

They found the bodies of a man and a woman. Post mortem examinations showed they had died of multiple shotgun wounds.

Detectives say no-one else is being sought in connection with the deaths.

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