Murder investigation launched after elderly couple found dead

A murder investigation has been launched after an elderly couple were found dead at a house in Stockport.

Denis and Lynda Cooper have been named locally.

Police were called to Sandown Road in Hazel Grove at around 7.30pm on Tuesday (August 25) following a ‘report of concern for the occupants’.

Officers attended and found a man, 69, and woman, 72, dead.

GMP say enquiries into the circumstances surrounding Mr and Mrs Cooper’s deaths are ongoing.

Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.

Sandown Road
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The North West Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to a ‘police incident at a private address’.

Crime scene investigators were still at the scene on Wednesday afternoon.

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A uniformed officer was stood guard outside the house.

Forensics officers were seen going inside the home on the quiet street, filled with with large, semi-detached properties.

Neighbours identified the ‘nice, friendly’ couple as Mr and Mrs Cooper. They said they had lived on the street for around three years.

Police at the scene
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One person, who asked not to be named, said: “They were a very nice, friendly couple.

“We didnt know them really well, but would often chat about gardening. We don’t want to speculate about what happened. They both seemed like healthy people.”

Another person said: “I heard the police sirens last night.

“You get the impression something very unpleasant must have happened given the amount of police and ambulances.

“I can’t say much about them, other than they were a friendly couple who you’d always say hello to when passing in the street.

Police markers at the house
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“They probably moved in about three-years-ago, so I didn’t know them well. They seemed healthy and could easily walk around.

“It’s just very sad.”

A third neighbour told the Manchester Evening News: “It’s all a bit of a shock really.

“I came home from work and saw all the police cars and ambulances. I don’t know them very well, but they were a nice friendly couple and we would always say hello in passing.

“I would see them go out for walks a lot during coronavirus.”

Police at the scene in Hazel Grove
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Senior investigating officer Bob Tonge, of GMP’s Major Incident Team, said: “This is a very sad incident and our thoughts are with the family at this unimaginably difficult time.

“We are not currently seeking anyone else in connection with this incident.

“However, we remain keen to hear from anyone who has information and may help us understand events during the preceding days.

“It is important for the family of those who have died that we establish the full circumstances of their deaths.

“If you can assist our enquiries, please get in touch as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 8797; or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

|Ma Evening Post