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Double death latest: Public offer clues on why it happened

10:04 06 December 2012

Keith and Andrea Johnson during the Cromer leg of the Olympic torch relay. Photo: Andreas Yiasimi.

Keith and Andrea Johnson during the Cromer leg of the Olympic torch relay. Photo: Andreas Yiasimi.

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Police have received “several calls” from the public as they try to piece together the circumstances that led to the double shooting in Cromer on Sunday.

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Earlier this week, DCI Andy Guy urged people to help them to find out why North Norfolk District Council leader Keith Johnson, 58, shot his 44-year-old wife Andrea before turning the gun on himself.

A spokesman said yesterday that there had been a small response, and added that officers left the scene at Compit Hills, Cromer, on Tuesday evening.

She said: “There is now no police cordon, but there will be a continued high-visibility police presence in the area to reassure the public.”

This morning, an inquest into the two deaths will open at the Norfolk coroner’s office at Thorpe Road, Norwich.

A minute’s silence was observed last night at an Anglian Combination Football League committee meeting, to remember Mr Johnson, a long-serving secretary, and his wife Andrea.

Mr Johnson shot himself in his back garden on Sunday, minutes after shooting his wife in a neighbour’s garden.

He was league secretary from 1998, having spent many years as a referee in the local area.

Chris McCullough, honorary fixtures and registrations officer for the Anglian Combination Football League, said: “Our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time.”

He said clubs would be free to choose to hold their own silences before matches on Saturday.

Mr Johnson, a Cromer town councillor for 28 years, was also a Norfolk County FA council member from 1998-2011.

Chief executive Shaun Turner said: “Everyone connected with Norfolk FA, and I’m sure with grassroots football across our county, is truly shocked and saddened about the events concerning Keith and Andrea Johnson.

“Keith was a devoted servant of the game locally, fulfilling many roles over the years.

“Our thoughts are very much with Keith and Andrea’s close network of friends and family at this very sad time.”

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