St Leonards Murder - Man Charged

20 March 2018, 12:25 | Updated: 20 March 2018, 12:33

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A 35 year old man has appeared in court in East Sussex accused of the murders of a mother and daughter in St Leonard's as well as stealing a gun and ammunition.

Craig Savage is charged with the murders of Michelle Savage, 32, and Heather Whitbread, 53, at their home in Bexhill Road, St Leonards, East Sussex, on Friday evening.

Officers were called to the house at 7.43pm and led two other women - including one who is pregnant - to safety, police said. Savage was arrested just before 10pm.

The 35-year-old, of no fixed address, held his head in his hands and covered his face when he appeared via videolink at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

He is also charged with robbery after a .22 calibre rifle and ammunition was stolen from the town's 1066 Target Sports centre on the same day as the shooting.

Dressed in a grey tracksuit, he clutched a bottle of water while sitting at a table and spoke quietly to confirm he could hear the proceedings and tell the court his date of birth and nationality.

Savage was remanded in custody and was told he is next due to appear at a crown court on Wednesday or Thursday.