Murder probe launched

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A MURDER probe has been launched after two bodies were found at an exclusive Wigan family home.

The address of prominent business couple Mark and Nikki Langtree was sealed off by forensic experts last night as inquiries continued into the double horror.

Police at the scene of a suspected murder at Woodlands Park Close, Wigan and (below) a forensics officer at the house

Police at the scene of a suspected murder at Woodlands Park Close, Wigan and (below) a forensics officer at the house

Detectives have appealed for information about the tragedy although they say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Witnesses reported two body bags being removed from the detached property in Woodlands Park Close in the Brock Mill area of town, just yards from Wigan Rugby Union Club.

Police would not confirm the identity of the two deceased people last night but said the bodies recovered were of a man and woman in their 40s.

The Langtrees have two daughters of primary school age and are well known on the North West business scene.

Scenes of crime officers outside the house

Scenes of crime officers outside the house

Both are listed as directors of Langtree Property Services in Huddersfield and Mr Langtree, 48, is also given on the Company Directors website as a director of Langtree International and Langtree Woodlands Park of Ashton-in-Makerfield and Langtree Estates of Huddersfield.

He is listed on LinkedIn as having worked with blue chip names such as Bank of America, Heinz, Barclays, the Department for Work and Pensions and United Biscuits. Mrs Langtree is 46.

Concerned neighbours said police were at the scene from 9am yesterday and appeared to knock down the house’s front door.

Paramedics, detectives and crime scene investigators kitted out in white forensic suits remained on the street throughout the day.

Later two body bags were removed and put into private ambulances which had later attended.

The couple are thought to have lived there for about 10 years.

Police say normal identification and a post-mortem examination are due to take place at a later stage.

Det Insp Andy Naismith said: “We are in the very early stages of our inquiries and are piecing together the circumstances that led to two people losing their lives.

“Obviously the community will be shocked as to what has happened but we can say we do not believe anyone else was involved and are not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.

“However, a police presence will remain in the area to offer reassurance and answer any concerns residents may have.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.