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British couple found murdered at start of new life in Jamaica

‘Hugely popular’: Murdered Gayle and Charlie Anderson had moved recently PICS: PA

THE family of a retired British couple found murdered in Jamaica said they are ‘completely devastated’.

Grandparents Charlie Anderson, 74, and his wife Gayle, 71, had recently moved from Manchester to make a new life in the Caribbean.

They were ‘pillars of the community’ and ‘hugely popular and loved by many’, said a statement from their sons, released by the Foreign Office.

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Their bodies were found in Mount Pleasant, west Portland, on Friday with reports that they had been burned.

Deputy police chief Supt Throyville Haughton told Jamaica newspaper The Gleaner that Mr Anderson’s body was found first, after officers were called to Mount Pleasant Primary School.

‘Shortly after, the body of the elderly woman was found at a different location with burns,’ he said. ‘Both bodies had wounds to the neck and face.’

According to reports, Mrs Anderson had told police she had been defrauded of 8million Jamaican dollars (£46,000) from her credit card.

The couple, married for 55 years, retired only recently. The family statement added: ‘They were just beginning the next chapter of their lives.’