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Man charged with murders of Jennifer and Stephen Chapple

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We’ve just charged a 34-year-old man with the murders of Jennifer and Stephen Chapple in Norton Fitzwarren on Sunday (21 November).

Collin Reeves, of Dragon Rise, Norton Fitzwarren, remains in police custody and is due to appear at Taunton Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning (Thursday, 25 November).

Jennifer, aged 33, and Stephen, aged 36, were formally identified earlier today.

Post-mortem examinations concluded they both died from multiple stab wounds.

Detective Inspector Neil Meade, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Specialist officers are providing support to Jennifer and Stephen’s families and our thoughts remain with them this evening.

“We’ve been keeping them fully updated on the progress of our investigation and they’re aware of this latest development.

“It is undoubtedly an extremely difficult time for them and I’d ask their privacy is respected as they continue to come to terms with what has happened.”

He added: “I’d like to remind both the media and the public that criminal proceedings are now active and Collin Reeves has a right to a fair trial.

“It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”