Community in shock after death of elderly Newbury couple
At 10am yesterday (Sunday), police were called to a semi-detached house in Berkeley Road where an 89-year-old woman was discovered dead.
They also found a 94-year-old man at the property who was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford yesterday with head, ribs and shoulder injuries but he died later on as a result of his injuries.
The pair have now been named locally as Jan and Maria Ziemba.
One neighbour, who lived a couple of doors away but asked not to be named, said: “I’m so sorry that it has happened.
"They used to say hello. It’s quite a shock; you don’t expect these things to happen on your doorstep.
“It’s all very sad that it’s a member of your community.
Roz England, who has lived in neighbouring Blenheim Road for about 20-years, said: “He used to talk quite loudly so you would hear him.
“He was very friendly and he knew people in the area.
“I would see him at the shop.
“They would quite often be in their garden if it was warm; they were just a nice couple.
“It’s not nice to think this has happened.”
Senior Investigating Officer Det Ch Insp Gill Wootton said: “We are continuing to treat both of these deaths as unexplained until the post mortem results are known.
“We are yet to determine fully the circumstances which led to these people’s deaths and will keep an open mind until all forensic tests and investigative searches are carried out on the property where they were found.”
Next of kin have been informed but formal identification has yet to take place.
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