Allerton Bywater Family Deaths Revealed
3 February 2016, 21:50
The causes of death of a mother and her two children, killed in Allerton Bywater have been revealed.
Geraldine Newman, 51, died from head injuries, at her home in Beeston Way.
11 year-old Shannon Newman and six-year-old Shane, were both stabbed to death.
Police have confirmed a body found at on cliffs in North Wales, is that of 42 year-old Paul Newman from Normanton.
Detective Chief Inspector Warren Stevenson, of West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: "While our investigation into the full circumstances surrounding the deaths is ongoing, we can say that this appears to have been a domestic-related incident and we are not looking for anyone else in connection with it.
"The focus of our investigation is now on providing all the required information to the Coroner so he can conduct inquests into the deaths.
"We have specially-trained officers supporting the families who are understandably distraught at the deaths of their loved ones. They have asked that they are allowed to grieve privately at what will clearly be a very difficult time for them.
"We are also liaising closely with the two schools that the children attended and offering them all necessary support.
"We appreciate that the shocking nature of this incident has impacted on the wider community and local officers will continue to provide suitable reassurance."
Helen Gilroy, Acting Head teacher at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School said today: "The students and Staff of St Wilfrid’s are deeply saddened by the news of Shannon’s death.
"Shannon was a bright, intelligent, enthusiastic, hardworking and caring student. Shannon was very popular among her peers and will be greatly missed by all members of our community."
Sarah Spencer, Head teacher at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Castleford said today: "Shane was a caring, lovable young boy, full of fun, who enjoyed school and made many friends. He will be missed by all here at St Joseph's school and the whole of this close community. Prayers have been said in assembly and in local churches."