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Shrewsbury couple who 'couldn't bear to be without each other' died together in sealed summer house

A former police sergeant died with his wife after shutting themselves inside their "beloved" summer house, an inquest has heard.

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Robert and Patricia Lloyd

Robert Terrance Lloyd and his wife Patricia, who were both terminally ill, were found dead in the outbuilding at their home in Newbrook Drive, Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury on June 1 last year, "looking out into the garden they loved".

An inquest at Shirehall, Shrewsbury, on Wednesday was told that Mrs Lloyd, aged 80, had an unspecified form of dementia, and 84-year-old Mr Lloyd had lung cancer. His condition was discovered when he was X-rayed after a car crash, having shown no previous symptoms.

Mrs Lloyd, who was born in Hereford and was a retired teaching assistant, was being cared for at the Bowbrook House assisted living residence in Shrewsbury, having regular trips home with her husband.

But Mr Lloyd was informed that, due to her condition, the home was no longer suitable for her needs and that she should go into a nursing home.

He joined a carer from Bowbrook House in searching for a nursing home for his wife, choosing Ottley House care home in Coton Hill. He appeared to be "organised and positive" ahead of the change.

However, on June 1 last year, the day before she was due to be moved, Mr Lloyd took her out of Bowbrook House.

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