Three dead in domestic shooting at Lincolnshire sports complex

A worker from a builder's merchant is believed to have shot dead his wife and daughter near a swimming pool in a small market town.

The scene at Castle Sports Complex swimming pool in Spalding, Lincolnshire. Picture: SWNS
The scene at Castle Sports Complex swimming pool in Spalding, Lincolnshire. Picture: SWNS

The horror unfolded near Castle Swimming Pool in Spalding, Lincolnshire, when Lance Hart, 57, killed partner Claire, 50, and 19-year-old daughter Charlotte with a shotgun, before turning the weapon on himself.

Officers and paramedics battled to save the two women who they found gravely injured at around 9am on Tuesday.

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Mr Hart was already dead, and no shots were fired by police.

One person is believed to be injured following the incident. Picture: SWNS

Investigators raided the family home in Hatt Close, Moulton, where one neighbour described Mr Hart as “always caring” and a “very nice guy”. The resident, who gave his name as Peter, said: “Lance worked as a delivery driver for a builders’ merchants – we’ve had quite a bit of stuff from them – but he was always caring and would come around afterwards to see whether we could carry stuff.

“Last time I spoke to him, he had put the house on the market because they were hoping to downsize, buy somewhere in the village. He was a very nice guy, he went out of his way to be helpful so it comes as a great shock.

“He was full of the joys of spring. His kids had left home and they were going to downsize and find a bungalow.”

One person is believed to be injured following the incident. Picture: SWNS

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