Father and his three children found dead

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A murder inquiry has been started after the bodies of a father and his three children were found in Shropshire.

Sam Fuller, 12, and his sisters Becka, eight, and seven-year-old Charlotte, who was known as Charlie, were today described as “absolutely delightful children” by teachers.

Police last night put the deaths down to a “tragic family situation”. They have launched a murder investigation but are not looking for anyone else in relation to the tragedy.

Officers found the bodies of the three siblings in an isolated area of woodland near Pontesbury, Shropshire, yesterday.

Their father, university graduate Ceri Fuller, 35, 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 at Milkwall, near Coleford, Gloucestershire, last Thursday.