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Identities of mother and two children found dead in their home confirmed

Geraldine Newman (51) and her two children were found dead yesterday in their home at Allerton Bywater near Leeds. Her husband Paul was later found dead on cliffs 160 miles away.

Shannon and Shane Newman Shannon and Shane Newman Source: West Yorkshire Police

THE IDENTITIES OF a mother and her two children who were found dead at their home yesterday have been confirmed.

51-year-old Geraldine Newman and her two children Shane (6) and Shannon (11) were found dead at their home at Beeston Way, Allerton Bywater, near Leeds.

Geraldine had died from head injuries while both of her children had been stabbed.

It’s understood that Geraldine was found downstairs in the house, with her children’s bodies discovered upstairs.

Her husband, 42-year-old Paul Newman, was subsequently found dead on cliffs at South Stack, Anglesey, 165 miles from the family home.

Geraldine and Shannon Newman Geraldine and Shannon Newman

West Yorkshire police have confirmed that the deaths appear to be a “domestic incident”, and that they are not seeking any other parties in relation to the case.

“The focus of our investigation is now on providing all the required information to the Coroner so he can conduct inquests into the deaths,” said Detective Chief Inspector Warren Stevenson.

 The families 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.

Geraldine is understood to have worked as a branch manager for home retailer Wilko for 23 years.

Allerton Bywater deaths Police officers enter the house at Allerton Bywater, West Yorkshire, where the bodies of Geraldine, Shane and Shannon Newman were found yesterday Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Both children’s schools have paid tribute to them in statements today.

“Shannon was a bright, intelligent, enthusiastic, hardworking and caring student. She was very popular among her peers and will be greatly missed by all members of our community,” said Helen Gilroy, head teacher at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School where Shannon Newman attended, while Sarah Spencer, head teacher at Shane Newman’s primary school, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, said: “Shane was a caring, lovable young boy, full of fun, who enjoyed school and made many friends.”

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