A COMMUNITY in a quiet Dorset village has spoken of their shock after the bodies of a man and woman were found dead at their home.

Detectives have launched an investigation after Dorset Police received a report at 6.03am on Tuesday, June 28, of the sudden death of a woman in Gifle View, Thornford.

Officers attended, with the ambulance service, and the bodies of a man and a woman – both aged in their 70s – were sadly located within the property.

Neighbours said they saw a number of police cars in the area yesterday and said they were shocked to hear the news.

A house on Gifle View was cordoned off with tape and a police car remained parked outside the property today.

Bournemouth Echo: Gifle View in Thornford, near Sherborne. Picture: Dorset echo

One resident said: "It's very unusual - it's a very quiet street. We don't know anymore about it.

"They seemed like a very nice couple but we didn't know them well. I think they lived there quite a long time.

"It's very sad."

Another resident said: "It's a shock obviously. We don't know what's happened."

One resident who lives on a nearby street said she saw lots of police cars in the area that morning as well as what looked to her like forensic teams.

She said: "It's quite a sleepy village really, so to hear that something like this has happened is quite surprising.

"There have been rumours about it, but no one actually knows what's happened there."

An investigation is underway – led by detectives from the Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT) – to establish the full circumstances of both deaths.

The family of the man has been made aware. Enquiries are still ongoing to find the woman's next kin. The man and the woman were known to each other. The coroner has also been notified.

Detective Inspector Wayne Seymour, of the MCIT, said: “This is a very sad incident and we are doing all we can to support the family of the man.

“Officers are carrying out enquiries to establish exactly what happened and a cordon is in place to allow for an examination of the scene to take place.

“At this time, it is not believed anyone else was involved in the incident and enquiries will continue to find out the full circumstances surrounding the deaths.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have any information to help our investigation to please contact Dorset Police.

“There will be an increased police presence in the area and we would encourage anyone to contact officers from the local neighbourhood policing team if they have any concerns or information.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk/contact, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55220103076. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.