Inquest hearing confirms “no violent or suspicious circumstances” surrounding death of Norfolk couple in Estonia

The deaths of a Norfolk couple in Estonia earlier this year have been confirmed as being caused by carbon monoxide poisoning at an inquest hearing this morning.

The bodies of banker Phillip Townsend, 55, and his 52-year-old wife Mary Anne, of Wood Dalling Hall, near Aylsham, were found dead at their converted barn near the town of Valga in southern Estonia on Friday, February 24.

Norfolk coroner William Armstrong confirmed that he was satisfied with the investigation carried out by the Valga Criminal Investigation department, saying: 'I am entirely satisfied with the police investigation's findings that there was no violent or suspicious circumstances, or any third-party involvement.'

- For the full findings of the inquest hearing, see tomorrow's Eastern Daily Press.

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