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Last Updated: Friday, 22 September 2006, 12:48 GMT 13:48 UK
'Pirates' behind couple's death
Sharon Arthurs-Chegini - may have been killed by pirates
Sharon Arthurs-Chegini is known to have an address in Falmouth
A British couple wanted for stealing a yacht in Cornwall may have been killed by pirates off the west African coast.

The bodies of Peter Clarke, 49, and his partner Sharon Arthurs-Chegini, 46, are reported to have been found in a boat drifting off the coast of Senegal.

The authorities in Senegal believe the couple were killed by pirates.

The pair were wanted by Devon and Cornwall Police for the theft of a yacht from Mylor harbour near Falmouth, Cornwall last year.

The Foreign Office confirmed that two bodies had been found, but that formal identification was yet to take place.

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The Foreign Office have confirmed two bodies have been found

Ms Arthurs-Chegini's father Terence has been reported as confirming the deaths from his home in south London.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they were awaiting confirmation that the couple had been killed.

Ms Arthurs-Chegini is known to have an address in Falmouth.

An inquest is expected to be held once the bodies are formally identified and returned to the UK.

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