LONDON: cops are probing whether a dad and daughter found dead this morning were killed over a big betting shop win.
Noel Brown, 69, and Marie Brown, 41, died at a house in Deptford, south-east London.
Keen gambler Noel was a regular punter at bookmakers in his area and police are investigating whether he was tailed from one after scooping a big win.
Marie is thought to have disturbed the robbers at his home in Deptford, south-east London, while visiting from her address in nearby Southwark.
Neighbours said they heard screaming in the early hours – the bodies were discovered when cops burst into the home at about 2.45am.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Harding, leading the investigation, said: “I urgently need the public’s help to establish the last movements of both Noel Brown and Marie Brown in the week before their deaths.
“Noel, in particular, was well known in the area, and he frequently used local betting shops.
“I want to hear from anyone who spent time with him or saw him at any point in the past week, especially if he was in the company of people with whom he didn’t normally associate.”
Collette Lavelle, 46, who has lived in the estate for 25 years, said: “I heard screaming at around 3am.
“It was like a petrified scream. I couldn’t tell if it was a man or woman.”
Another local said they heard what sounded like “a woman being strangled” on Thursday night at about midnight.
Forensic officers in blue boiler suits were checking bins for a possible murder weapon yesterday.
Noel was a regular visitor to a local Paddy Power bookies just 100-metres from the estate.
A worker said: “He used to come in every day to place some bets.
Cops declined to say how the father and daughter are believed to have died, or how long their bodies were in the house before being discovered.