I heard three shots and thought it was a bird scar­ing de­vice

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

VIL­LAGERS who first heard the gun­shots on the night Martin and Jan­nette Jones died con­tacted each other on Face­book to ask each other what had hap­pened. It was when they saw the swarm of po­lice cars in Brabourne Lees last Wed­nes­day evening that the full hor­ror of the tragedy be­gan to un­fold. Post­mistress Samm Or­gar said: “When we heard the shots we con­tacted each other on Face­book to ask each other ‘do you know what hap­pened?’. “Later there were sev­eral po­lice cars in the vil­lage. We asked of­fi­cers what had hap­pened and we were told there had been a fa­tal­ity. “The po­lice were very re­as­sur­ing and pro­fes­sional. They made clear that we were not in dan­ger. “It was only when I saw the news at 8.30am the next morn­ing that I re­alised what had hap­pened.” Caro­line Tay­lor, a bar­maid at The Plough, said: “I heard three shots at 6.30pm that night and I thought it was a bird scar­ing de­vice. “I thought noth­ing about it at the time but when I went to the vil­lage shop next morn­ing I was told about the shoot­ing. “I felt re­ally sick to think that what I had heard the night be­fore might have had some­thing to do with it.” Col­league Leah MacDon­ald said: “Po­lice cars were fly­ing down the road. They car­ried on go­ing un­til 9pm.” Spec­u­la­tion about the shoot­ing had raged on Face­book un­til one vil­lager was ad­vised by po­lice that ma­te­rial they were in­clud­ing might af­fect the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. South Kent Po­lice spokesman Rosy Alexan­der said: “We had to speak to one per­son the fol­low­ing day who was told what they were dis­cussing could com­pro­mise the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.” Miss Or­gar said: “Face­book is now the equiv­a­lent to the mo­bile phone and I sup­pose peo­ple blab things out without think­ing. But there were no wild the­o­ries. “I think no­body will get to the whys and where­fores of what hap­pened. No­body will get to the bot­tom of it.”

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