Former Petersfield jeweller ‘shot wife and self at home’

By Daniel Gee   |   Head of Content   |
Tuesday 27th September 2022 11:00 am
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Christopher Stone-Houghton first joined family-run company T Constad & Son in 1991, and collected the Petersfield Award best retailer prize in 2019
Christopher Stone-Houghton first joined family-run company T Constad & Son in 1991, and collected the Petersfield Award best retailer prize in 2019 (Petersfield Awards )

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A former Petersfield jeweller is believed to have shot his wife before turning the gun on himself, at his home in Anchorage Park, Portsmouth.

It has been reported the bodies of Christopher Stone-Houghton, 66, and his wife Ruth, 60, were found by police at a home in Holcott Lane, Anchorage Park, on Wednesday, September 14.

Mr Stone-Houghton had previously run T Constad & Son Jewellers in The Square, Petersfield, from its opening in 1997 until its permanent closure in March this year.

A former T Constad employee, who preferred to remain anonymous, expressed their shock at the news, saying Mr Stone-Houghton was “one of the nicest, kindest people you’d ever meet”.

Armed police offices were called to Mr and Mrs Stone-Houghton’s £500,000 semi-detached home on the Anchorage Park estate just before 10.30am on September 14.

South Central Ambulance paramedics were also called to the incident after reports of multiple people suffering gunshot wounds.

On arrival, officers found the bodies of a 60-year-old woman and a 66-year-old man, and a large cordon was placed around the home.

A neighbour has been widely reported as telling journalists that Mr Stone-Houghton shot himself and his wife Ruth. The neighbour, who was not named, said they heard a number of gunshot-like “loud bangs”.

Specialist crime scene officers and major crime detectives have since been seen entering the property and talking to neighbours.

A spokesman for Hampshire Police confirmed detectives have launched a murder investigation “following the death of a woman in Portsmouth”. They added police are “not looking for any further people” in connection with the incident, and added “formal identification procedures are ongoing”.

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