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Dad killed his three children before cliff leap to his death

A FATHER killed his three young children before jumping to his death from an 80ft cliff.

Ceri Fuller (35) is believed to have stabbed Sam (12) and daughters Rebecca (8) and Charlotte (7) days after he disappeared with them.

Police investigating the deaths near a disused quarry in Shrewsbury, England have described it as a "tragic family situation".

Officers have launched a murder investigation but are not looking for anyone else in relation to the tragedy.

The children's distraught mother Ruth was today being comforted by relatives.

The bodies of the three siblings were found in an isolated area of woodland near Pontesbury. Their father was also found dead nearby.

It was reported that the children had suffered knife wounds while Mr Fuller had fallen from a cliff at a nearby quarry.

Mr Fuller and his three children had left their home last Thursday.

Tributes were paid to the children. "Rebecca and Charlotte were absolutely delightful children and a pleasure to have in school," local teacher Jan Wagstaff said. "Sam was a lot of fun and always had a ready smile. They will all be very sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family."

Mr Fuller married his wife Ruth in August 2009 and neighbours said they had lived in a cream pebbledashed semi-detached home on Station Road in the village of Milkwall for about a year. Neighbours said the family "kept themselves to themselves" but spoke of their shock. Janice Ayres, who lives next door to the Fuller family, said: "Very, very sad, I just cannot say any more. I didn't even know her name (mother of children). I have children of my own and I would just be devastated. I am surprised. They kept themselves to themselves.

Dreadful

"It's so sad for three young children. Being out at work all day you don't really know your neighbours. We would speak if we saw each other in the garden but we never socialised together.

"They were no trouble at all. They've lived here about a year and as far I know they bought the house as we knew the man who lived there before and he was selling it.

"It is dreadful really to think about it. It's the way life is these days.

"You just live your own life."

Another neighbour, who did not wish to give their name, added: "They hadn't lived here all that long. They kept themselves to themselves."

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