POLICE are investigating after two young people were found dead at a nature reserve.

Officers were called to Bothenhampton Nature Reserve, Bothenhampton, near Bridport, on Tuesday morning where, sadly, the bodies of a man and a woman were discovered.

Dorset Police say there are no suspicious circumstances.

The families have been informed and the coroner has been notified.

Mayor of Bridport Ian Bark said he was shocked to hear the news and offered his condolences to the families.

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He said: “My sympathies go out to the friends and families of these young people.

“It’s very sad to hear that two people who are both so young have died.”

The discovery was made in the area of the reservoir at the southern end of the reserve.

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Bothenhampton resident Joe Hackett said: "It's an awful thing to happen and we have never had anything like this happen around here.

"It's very upsetting and the community can't believe what has happened.

"It's the last thing you expect to happen in such a quiet community.

"It will likely leave the area in shock for some time because there has only been rumours about what happened. Our community has not had confirmation."

A spokeswoman from Dorset Police said: "At 10.11am on Tuesday, 25 January we received a report of two people, a girl and a man – both in their late teens, having been found dead at Wych Hill.

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"To be precise, the location given was Bothenhampton Reservoir, Wych Hill.

"Officers attended. There are no suspicious circumstances.

"Their next of kin have been informed and the coroner notified."