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Police granted extra time to question man over murder of Portadown pensioners

Michael and Marjorie Cawdery investigation: Appeal for information

Michael and Marjorie Cawdery

Detectives investigating the murders of Portadown couple Michael and Marjorie Cawdery have been granted additional time to question a 40-year-old man.

The extension was approved by a court today (Sunday), as the police investigation into the couple’s murder continue.

The pensioners, both aged 83, were stabbed to death in their home at Upper Ramone Park.

The couple’s family described them as “two wonderful people” and asked for respect and privacy as they struggle to come to terms with the loss.

Detective Superintendent Kevin Geddes said police were called to an address in the Upper Ramone Park area of the town at around 3.40pm on Friday and found the couple dead in their home.

He continued: “Earlier in the day, at around 12.20pm, we had a report of a male breaking into a car in the Upper Ramone Park area. We are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area between 11am and 5pm yesterday to get in touch with police on the non-emergency number 101.

“The family car belonging to the deceased, a grey Renault Kango van, registration NJZ 6101 was taken from the house and later found at around 5pm in the Edenderry Gardens area.

“We need to know the movements of this car from the time it left Upper Ramone Park until it was recovered in Edenderry Gardens. Again, please get in touch with detectives on the non-emergency number 101 if you saw it in the Portadown area yesterday between 3.30pm – 5pm.”

He appealed to anyone who saw anything suspicious in and around the Edenderry or Springfields areas yesterday come forward, adding: “Anyone with information should contact police on the non-emergency number 101. Or, if you would prefer to provide information without giving your details, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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