THE village of Norton Fitzwarren - and the wider Taunton area - has been left stunned after two people were found dead in a village house.

Police have launched a murder probe after the two died on Sunday night (November 21).

Here is what we know:


What happened?


Police were called to a property in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, at around 9.45pm.

When they arrived at the property, they found a man and woman - both aged in their thirties - with 'serious injuries'.

"Despite the efforts of officers and medics, they were sadly both pronounced dead at the scene," a police spokesperson said.

Shockingly, police revealed two children - believed to be the pair's children - were in the house at the time. 

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Who were the people who died?


The pair have been named locally as Stephen and Jennifer Chapple, a married couple.

Neighbours said they had been friendly and had two young sons.

Jennifer worked at the Otter garden centre, in nearby Pen Elm, and her manager, Rob Brooks, paid tribute to a 'well-loved' colleague.

And it is believed Stephen was a computing teacher at the West Somerset College.


What are the police doing?


Officers and investigators, including forensics teams, were in Dragons Rise overnight on Sunday and all of Monday as a murder probe got underway.

Two men, aged 34 and 67, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

It is understood they were neighbours of the Chapples.

They remain in police custody.


What are the neighbours saying?


Norton residents have been left shocked by the incident.

However, some said there had been rows over parking in the tight-knit street previously, which may have involved the Chapples.

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Investigators at the house in Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren. PICTURE: SWNS