DERBYSHIRE EXPLOSION LATEST: Blast treated as ‘suspicious’ and woman’s death treated as murder

Neighbours pay tribute to married couple killed in an explosion at a house in Riddings yesterday (Sunday)
Neighbours pay tribute to married couple killed in an explosion at a house in Riddings yesterday (Sunday)

Officers investigating the death of two people after a house exploded in Riddings have announced they are treating the incident as suspicious.

Chief Superintendent Sunita Gamblin, of Derbyshire police, said: “Although we haven’t made formal identifications of the man and woman who died, we believe they are Shelley, 45, and Simon Saxton-Cooper, 50.

“We believe that Shelley... was wounded before the explosion and fire and we are treating her death as murder.

“We’re still unable to say how either she or her husband died as post mortem examinations haven’t been completed.

“Police, crime scene investigators and fire investigation specialists are working through the scene of the fire to find out exactly how it started and what happened.

“We don’t believe, at this time, that anyone else is involved.”

Specially trained officers are working with the families at this very distressing time.