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Cambridgeshire shootings: Man, 66, charged with two counts of murder

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A man was charged tonight following the murders of a Cambridgeshire father and son.

Stephen Alderton, 66, of no fixed abode, was charged with two counts of murder and one count of possession of a firearm.

He is due to appear at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning (1 April).

Alderton was arrested following the shootings of father and son Gary and Joshua Dunmore at properties in The Row, Sutton, and Meridian Close, Bluntisham, respectively.

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He was arrested after armed police used a stinger to stop a vehicle near Worcester hours after the killings.

Police recovered a shotgun and ammunition from the vehicle and Alderton was brought back to Cambridgeshire for questioning.

Gary Dunmore, 57, of The Row, Sutton, and Joshua Dunmore, 32, of Meridian Close, Bluntisham, were shot at their homes on Wednesday evening.

Gary Dunmore, 57, (left) of The Row, Sutton, and Joshua Dunmore, 32, of Meridian Close, Bluntisham, were shot at their homes on Wednesday evening.

The family of the father and son who were murdered earlier released tributes.

Gary Dunmore, 57, of The Row, Sutton, and Joshua Dunmore, 32, of Meridian Close, Bluntisham, were shot at their homes on Wednesday evening.

Today their family released these statements:

“Josh was a devoted father and a loving uncle. He was a wonderful son and brother and leaves behind an extensive group of family and friends,” said his family.

“He will be deeply missed and the devastation this has caused will never heal. We ask for privacy to mourn this loss at this incredibly difficult time.”

“Gary was the most devoted son, brother, dad, and grandad, who gave everything for those he loved.

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“He was a gentle and generous person who always put others before himself and he’ll be massively missed by his family and all those who knew and loved him. “

Two people arrested in connection their murders were today released with no further action taken.

The story began to unfold on Wednesday when police were called to Meridian Close, Bluntisham, at just after 9pm with reports of gunshots.

They found the body of Josh Dunmore inside his home with a gunshot wound.

Then at 9.37pm, police received a call from a person in Sutton, near Ely, again reporting hearing gunshots.

The body of Gary Dunmore was found at his home in The Row, also with gunshot wounds.

“A car that was believed to have been used by the offender, a white Peugeot 208, and a shotgun have been recovered,” said the police spokesperson.

The properties in Meridian Close and The Row have been cordoned off and police officers remain at the scenes.

Detective chief superintendent Jon Hutchinson, of Cambridgeshire Police, confirmed said his officers had quickly established the connection between the shootings at Bluntisham and at Sutton, a few miles away.

Police say their primary line of investigation is that of a “familial issue” and could involve a custody battle.

Det Chief Supt Jon Hutchinson said that may change “as information develops in the hours ahead”.

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