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Head injury was caused by hammer

Kennet Place
Police do not believe anyone else was involved

A woman who died along with her partner at their home had suffered a head injury caused by a hammer, police said.

Rescuers discovered the couple, in their 60s, after being called to a shed fire in Kennet Place, Burghfield Common, near Reading, on Thursday.

The man died inside the burning shed, while the woman, discovered inside the house, died later in hospital.

A police spokesman said officers were keeping an "open mind" about the circumstances surrounding the deaths.

Fire fumes

Thames Valley Police confirmed that there was nothing to indicate any third-party involvement.

The woman was taken to Royal Berkshire Hospital where she died on Friday.

A spokesman added: "We are not considering this as a mercy killing but are keeping an open mind about the circumstances of both deaths."

A post-mortem examination was carried out on both bodies, with tests indicating the woman died from a head injury.

The cause of the man's death was inconclusive, but it is believed he died from fire fumes.

Police have not yet confirmed the couple's identity as next of kin are still being informed.



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