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Shot bride's husband 'devastated'
Chanel Taylor
Chanel Taylor lived at the house with her father
The newly-wed husband of a woman shot dead in her home has spoken of his grief - as police continue to hunt for her father.

Lee Taylor said he had been looking forward to life with Chanel Taylor, 23, after their marriage on 12 June.

But she was shot dead at their home in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire, on Friday. Her father Terence Rodgers, 55, had been living there with them.

Police have made a direct plea to him to give himself up.

Father not seen

Mr Taylor said: "We were a newly married couple and I am devastated with regard to the death of my wife Chanel.

"We were very happy and looking forward to a long life together. Tragically this will no longer happen."

I did actually hear both of the bangs but did not assume they were shots

Supt Stuart Wright, from Nottinghamshire Police, told a press conference: "It has to be said that there is widespread concern for Terry Rodgers, of whom we have no confirmed sightings subsequent to the incident.

"I am now making a direct plea to Terry Rodgers to come forward."

Detectives have found Mr Rodgers' red Peugeot 106 car abandoned in Victoria Street in Hucknall - about seven miles from the murder scene.

Police discovered the body of Mrs Taylor, who worked as a hairdresser, at the terraced house on New Street at about 1300 BST on Friday.

Neighbour heard murder

The murder weapon, a shotgun, has not been found by police, who have concentrated their search for Mr Rodgers in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire areas.

Neighbours are reported to have heard a row at the home in Thursday night followed by a couple of loud bangs.

One of Mrs Taylor's neighbours, named only as Debbie, described hearing the young woman's death. She told the BBC: "I was in bed at the time and my boyfriend and daughter were downstairs.

"I did actually hear both of the bangs but did not assume they were shots.

"I thought they were doing DIY or something.

"I can't sleep, I can't eat, it just makes you feel really, really sick. It's just unbelievable."

Mr Rodgers is described as white, 5ft 10ins and stocky, with a shaved head.

He has a tattoo of a flower on his right forearm and a dagger and the name "Christine" on his left forearm.

People are warned not to approach Mr Rodgers but to call the police if they see him.

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