Police have launched an investigation following the tragic double death of a husband and wife who were both found at the home they shared.

Norman and Margaret Waller, 83 and 81, were discovered at their house on Congleton Road, Gawsworth, on Friday morning, March 12, shortly after 10.15 am.

Officers describe their deaths as ‘sudden’ and are investigating whether one or both of them took their own lives, CheshireLive reports.

No other people are believed to have been involved.

The couple’s family has paid tribute to them.

In a statement, they said: "Our hearts are broken with the loss of our dad and mum. They will be missed by us, their many cherished siblings and their friends forever. Carole, Angela, Martin and Allan."

News of tragedy has left the village of Gawsworth shocked as Norman and Margaret were well-known and popular members of the farming community.

They had been involved in the Macclesfield Sheepdog Trials and farmed at Langley before retiring.

Norman had produced a booklet called Memories of a Country Lad with proceeds from sales going to the Alzheimer’s Society.

In the wake of his death copies have sold out.

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Both were also known at Chelford Market and Facebook tributes have described Margaret as "lovely" and Norman as a "gentleman" who was happy to help people.

Councillor Lesley Smetham, from Gawsworth ward, said: "Everyone is very sad to have heard the news, it is a dreadful thing to have happened.

"Quite a lot has been done in the village to try and reach out to people and it is saddening we haven’t been able to reach out to everyone.

"A small, close-knit community feels this particularly keenly."

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Police confirmed officers were called to an address on Congleton Road on Friday after a report of concern for the welfare of the occupants.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: "On arrival, officers sadly discovered the bodies of Norman Waller and Margaret Waller. Enquiries, including a Home Office Post Mortem, suggest no other people were involved in the incident.

"Formal ID has taken place and the family are being supported by specialist officers.

"A file will be prepared for the coroner on the conclusion of the investigation."

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