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Man charged with murders of three pensioners

Sky News logo Sky News 15/02/2019 David Mercer, news reporter
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A 27-year-old man has been charged with the murders of three elderly men in Exeter, police say.

Alexander Lewis-Ranwell will appear at Exeter Magistrates' Court on Saturday accused of killing 80-year-old Anthony Payne and twins Dick and Roger Carter, who were 84.

He also faces two charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Alexander Lewis-Ranwell has been charged by police investigating the murders of three pensioners © Facebook Alexander Lewis-Ranwell has been charged by police investigating the murders of three pensioners

Devon and Cornwall Police said the deaths had been linked because of the "level of violence used".

Mr Payne's body was discovered by the ambulance service at his terraced house in Exeter on Monday afternoon.

a person posing for the camera: Anthony Payne's body was found at his home in Exeter on Monday © Other Anthony Payne's body was found at his home in Exeter on Monday The bodies of the Carters were found in their home - about a mile away - the following day.

There are not thought to be any links between the Carter brothers and Mr Payne.

Police said a 27-year-old man had been arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of murdering the three men.

a person standing in front of a brick building: Police attended Mr Payne's property after his body was discovered © Sky News Screen Grab Police attended Mr Payne's property after his body was discovered

CCTV images obtained by Sky News showed Dick Carter at his local shop days before he died.

The shop's owners said he would go in every day at around 9am to get a newspaper and chat with the staff.

Meanwhile, Mr Payne's brother-in-law spoke of his shock following his death.

a man standing in front of a store: Dick Carter would visit his local shop every morning, its owners said © Other Dick Carter would visit his local shop every morning, its owners said Ronnie Teague, 73, said: "He used to be an outgoing chap and used to go to the pub a lot. He would play darts and cards and was friendly with everyone but he did become a bit more reclusive in latter years.

"He was not the sort of person to make enemies. You would never have thought he would go this way. He was just a normal and friendly bloke."

Superintendent Matt Lawler said: "All of our thoughts remain with the family and friends of the victims.

"You'll continue to see officers on foot patrol, speaking to residents, and conducting investigative work at the two addresses in the city over the coming days."

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