Spalding

Video: Community shaken after Spalding family members shot dead

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Bunches of flowers and messages of sympathy have been scattered where three family members were shot dead in the Lincolnshire town of Spalding.

In the 24 hours following the tragic shooting, where it’s believed local man Lance Hart killed wife Claire and teenage daughter Charlotte before turning the shotgun on himself, members of the community have spoken of their shock and grief.

A police cordon remains in place on Wednesday, July 20.

A police cordon remains in place on Wednesday, July 20. Photo: Jack Creasey

Floral tributes left near to the Castle Sports Centre, where the tragic incident took place, read: “In memory of Claire and Charlotte. Rest in peace”, and “I didn’t know you, but my heart goes out to you. God bless.”

Photo: Jack Creasey

Photo: Jack Creasey

Spalding High School, where Charlotte had been a pupil between 2008 and 2015, issued a tribute to the “exemplary student”.

The school said: “Charlotte had many close friends and her polite and caring nature endeared her to all who met her.

Charlotte Hart Collage

“Charlotte was incredibly driven to achieve her dream of studying midwifery at university and was successful in the extremely competitive interview process, where her personal qualities shone through.”

Lincolnshire Police have so far not officially released the identity of the three fatalities or their relationship to one another.

They have however confirmed that the deceased was not a shotgun certificate or firearms licence holder and the provenance of the weapon used is an active line of enquiry.