Explosion victim stabbed

THE post mortem results of a couple caught in a blast at a property in Axbridge over the weekend show that the wife had been stabbed.

THE post mortem results of a couple caught in a blast at a property in Axbridge over the weekend show that the wife had been stabbed.

Police say the man who was also found dead at the scene of the explosion, in St Mary Street on Saturday, died after inhaling smoke and hot gases.

The couple, Wilfred and Wendy Bastin, were caught in the blast in an annexe to the rear of The Georgian House, at around 3pm.

Officers believe the explosion was caused by the use of an accelerant, thought to be petrol, and forensic tests to confirm this are ongoing.


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Police say that following an examination of the scene they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Carolyn Hoyle-Johnson, landlady of the nearby Crown Inn, said: "There was a very large boom at about 3pm. There was glass on the road which was swept up by my husband, Ian. Then customers noticed smoke coming from the back of the building and called the emergency services."

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"An awful lot of people are upset and are walking around shell-shocked."

The road outside the house was re-opened at 6.40pm last night and residents were allowed to return to their homes.

A post-mortem is being carried out and inquests into the deaths are expected to be opened later this week.

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