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'It's totally devastating': Shock at Newmarket mother and son deaths

PUBLISHED: 10:58 07 May 2019 | UPDATED: 12:25 07 May 2019

Police at the scene in Park Avenue in Newmarket, after the bodies of a woman and a boy were found Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE

Police at the scene in Park Avenue in Newmarket, after the bodies of a woman and a boy were found Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE

Community leaders in Newmarket expressed their shock after police revealed post-mortem findings for a mother and her son who were found dead at their home.

Police at the scene in Park Avenue in Newmarket Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIREPolice at the scene in Park Avenue in Newmarket Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE

Police were called to a house in Park Avenue in the town just before 6pm on Friday, April 26, after a member of public reported he had found a woman and young boy dead inside the property.

The mother and son have now been identified as Snehashree Sudarshan, 28, and four-year-old Abhay Rao, who both lived at the Park Avenue address.

Home Office post-mortem examinations concluded that Abhay died as a result of compression of the neck in association with wounding to the neck.

His death is being treated as murder.

The woman found in Park Avenue, Newmarket, is 28 years old, and the child was aged four Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIREThe woman found in Park Avenue, Newmarket, is 28 years old, and the child was aged four Picture: JOE GIDDENS/PA WIRE

Snehashree Sudarshan was also determined to have died as a result of compression of the neck in association with wounding to the neck, but her death is not being treated as suspicious at this time.

Detectives do not believe anyone else is directly involved with the incident.

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Robert Nobbs, district councillor for Newmarket East, said the incident was “totally devastating”.

“I'm obviously really saddened by it and it's come as quite a shock,” he said.

“I know people who live in that area and they can't quite believe it has happened.

“We now await the outcome of all the facts but it's totally devastating.”

Andy Drummond, district councillor for Newmarket West, said: “It's awful and my sincere condolences go to the extended family at this time.

“From what I've heard from someone who lives in Park Avenue, they were a very happy family and there was no indication of something like this.”

Detective Chief Inspector Caroline Millar, senior investigating officer, said specially-trained officers were supporting the family.

“Our enquiries are continuing, but we appreciate this is an incredibly difficult time for the family and specialist officers are supporting them,” she said.

Police would like to hear from anyone who was in Park Avenue during the day who may have seen or heard anything that can assist with the investigation.

Contact Suffolk police on 101, quoting reference 23543/19.

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