Friday, 16 May 2008

Devoted couple 'were about to be separated'

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A DEVOTED couple found dead together in their retirement flat believed they were about to be moved to separate care homes after 60 years of marriage, it emerged today. Retired dentist Tom Hughes, 82, and wife Nancie, 86, were discovered dead next to each other at their home in Abergavenny. Neighbours told how doting Tom and Nancie were never seen apart, and still held hands as they went on their weekly shopping trips. But her health was failing and the pair feared being move into different nursing homes. Mrs Hughes faced going alone to a specialist home for dementia sufferers, while her husband was well enough to move to a mainstream care home. It emerged yesterday that the couple were found dead shortly after receiving an official visit from social services. Gwent Police initially treated their deaths as suspicious but later said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the double tragedy. The pair, who have two sons, were highly respected in the town where Mr Hughes was a dentist for more than 30 years until his retirement.

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