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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 October 2005, 17:06 GMT 18:06 UK
Elderly couple and boy found dead
A police officer outside the house in Pontllanfraith
The house has been sealed off while investigations continue
An elderly couple and a five-year-old boy have been found dead at a house near Blackwood, south Wales.

Emergency services found the bodies of Patrick Chidgey, 71, his wife, Hazel, 68, and their great grandson, McCauley Thomas at the house in Pontllanfraith.

A Gwent Police spokesman said carbon monoxide was present at the address and investigations are continuing.

South Wales Fire Service said they were called to Brynhyfryd Street, at about 2025 BST on Tuesday night.

Police said all three were confirmed dead at the scene.

Chief Inspector Andy Adams, of Gwent Police, added: "The gas board were called in last night.

Police officer outside house in Pontllanfraith
They were the loveliest people you would ever want to have as your neighbours
John Iles

"With the fire service, they have carbon monoxide detectors and through their services we managed to detect a high level of carbon monoxide.

"We've got to look to the source of carbon monoxide and see whether or not that is a significant contributory factor to what we are dealing with."

On Wednesday, neighbours spoke of their "absolute devastation and shock" at news of the deaths.

They said Mr and Mrs Chidgey - known as Gloria - adored their children, grandchildren and great-grand children and regularly had the children to stay at their house.

Tributes paid

Ann Iles, who has lived on the same street as the couple for 45 years, said the first they knew something had happened was at about 2000 BST on Tuesday.

Then, it seems, McCauley's mother arrived at the house and was heard shouting for help.

"You can't think that anything like this could have happened to such a nice family, it's unbelievable," she said.

Mrs Iles' husband, John, added: "They were the loveliest people you would ever want to have as your neighbours."

Others in the street said the couple's blue Renault Megane stood outside a garage in the street all day on Tuesday.

Leigh Willstead, a salesman at the nearby Victoria Motor Company, said Mr Chidgey usually moved the car by 0900 BST each day.

"The car was there all day yesterday and I thought about knocking the door. I wish I had done now," he said.

Family messages

Police officers remain outside the house and the area around it has been sealed off.

Relatives delivered flowers bearing messages to the front door of Mr and Mrs Chidgey's house.

Members of the family hugged and comforted each other in the street.

They left two bouquets next to the doorstep and a white teddy bear.

The message on one read: "McCauley, our precious son, who brought joy and happiness. You will always be with us in our hearts and so sorely missed. Lots of love, hugs and kisses, Mummy, Daddy, Bethan and Ieuan."

The other message read: "Nanny and Bampy - you were really special to us . We will always love and miss you. Please take good care of McCauley for us. Love always, Adele, Kayley, Lee and Ieuan."

HM Coroner and the Home Office pathologist have been informed and post mortem examinations are due to take place later on Wednesday.




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