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British couple found dead with gunshot wounds

Alicante has become home for a host of UK and Irish expats
Alicante has become home for a host of UK and Irish expats

A British couple who have been living in a Spanish resort popular with Irish expats have been found dead in their home.

The British Foreign Office said the couple were discovered in the town of Alicante on the south eastern coast, a popular destination for tourists and expats.

A spokesman said: "We can confirm the death of two British nationals in Alicante, Spain. We stand ready to provide consular assistance."

The Guardia Civil, Spain's national police force, confirmed the couple were 77-year-old expats Peter and Jean Tarsey.

A Guardia Civil spokeswoman said: "At around 4.15pm yesterday, some friends of the couple went to their villa because they had not been seen for a few days.

"They found the door was open and there were no signs of a break-in.

"The couple, who had been living in Spain for 18 years, were found dead with gunshot wounds on the sofa.

"The Guardia Civil is now awaiting the results of post-mortem examinations and investigations continue."