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VIDEO: Murderer ‘turned a family dispute into a double tragedy by his rash and brutal actions’

Murderer Stephen Alderton drove off in his motorhome but was arrested at about 1.30am the following day on the M5 near Worcester

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A man who shot and killed a father and son at their homes in two Cambridgeshire villages has been jailed for life.

A 33-year-old woman and 28-year-old man, both from Mildenhall, Suffolk, are on bail until 7 December after being arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

Photos of Stephen Alderton, the shotgun, two used cartridges and a bag of cartridges found in his motorhome

Photos of Stephen Alderton, the shotgun, two used cartridges and a bag of cartridges found in his motorhome

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Stephen Alderton, 67, of no fixed abode, shot Joshua Dunmore, 32, twice in the hallway of his home in Meridian Close, Bluntisham, at 9.09pm on 29 March.

Thirty-one minutes later, he shot Gary Dunmore, 57, three times in the hallway of his home in The Row, Sutton, near Ely.

Moment Stephen Alderton (left) was arrested by armed police on the M5 near Worcester

Moment Stephen Alderton was arrested by armed police on the M5 near Worcester

Stephen Alderton arrest

Stephen Alderton arrest

Alderton drove off in his motorhome but was arrested at about 1.30am the following day on the M5 near Worcester.

Alderton was interviewed by police but did not answer any questions and was charged with two counts of murder and one count of possession of a firearm.

In June he admitted the two counts of murder at Cambridge Crown Court.

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

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He denied the firearms offence, which was ordered to lie on file.

On Friday he was jailed for life by His Honour Judge Mark Bishop.

The judge told him he would serve a minimum of 25 years, minus time already served.

DCI Katie Dounias, from the Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, and Cambridgeshire major crime unit, said: “On 29 March, Stephen Alderton turned a family dispute playing itself out through the courts into a double tragedy by his rash and brutal actions.

Scene of one of two murders in Cambridgeshire last night: police at a house in Meridian Close, Bluntisham, where the body of one of the victims was found at just after 9pm following reports reports of gunshots.

Scene of one of two murders in Cambridgeshire: police at a house in Meridian Close, Bluntisham, where the body of one of the victims was found at just after 9pm following reports reports of gunshots.
Picture by Terry Harris.

The body of a 57-year-old man was found at a house in The Row, Sutton, with gunshot wounds and his death is also being treated as murder.

The body of a 57-year-old man was found at a house in The Row, Sutton, with gunshot wounds Picture by Terry Harris.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Gary and Josh at this difficult time.

“There is no sentence sufficient to heal the trauma they have endured but I hope today’s sentencing will provide some solace.”

In June, a 51-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman, both from Bristol, were arrested on suspicion of encouraging or assisting crime and were released under investigation.

 

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