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British couple shot dead in Spain

Map of San Fulgencio in Spain

A couple found shot dead in their Spanish home were from Hampshire, police in Madrid have confirmed.

David Rouse, 75, and his wife Heather, 58, were discovered in their home in San Fulgencio, near Alicante.

Police believe Mr Rouse shot his wife as she slept before turning the gun on himself.

A Civil Guard spokesman in Madrid confirmed the couple, who moved to Spain eight years ago, were from New Milton in the New Forest.

Police were called on Sunday at 2300 local time, after neighbours reported noises coming from the property.

Mr Rouse had left the door unlocked and identity documents on a table.

He had also put out ample food and drinking water for the family pets.

Mrs Rouse, who celebrated her birthday a few days earlier, was discovered in the master bedroom of the house. Her husband's body was discovered in another bedroom with a gun nearby.

The British Embassy in Spain said it was offering consular support to the couple's relatives.

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