A 'domestic homicide' review into the deaths of a couple at their home in Stockport will examine 'the impact of Covid', a coroner has been told.

Police were called to the home of Denis and Lynda Cooper on Sandown Road in Hazel Grove at around 7.30pm on August 25 following reports of 'concern for the occupants'.

Sadly, both were found dead at the scene.

An inquest hearing in September was told the provisional cause of death for Mrs Cooper, 72, was strangulation and hanging for Mr Cooper, 69.

Senior coroner Alison Mutch told Stockport Coroners' Court today (Wednesday) a full inquest into the circumstances of their deaths will be held on March 26 next year.

Senior investigation officer Bob Tonge, from Greater Manchester Police, confirmed to the court his investigation is complete.

Police, he said, are satisfied no other person was involved.

"The only aspect I'm waiting for, that doesn't alter my findings, is evidence from two GPs who had interaction with Mr Cooper on the 5th and 7th August," he added.

Police at the couple's home back in August

Ms Nuala O'Rourke, head of safeguarding at Stockport council, also appeared at the hearing.

She said the authority is carrying out a domestic homicide review.

A chair and author of the report has been appointed and it is expected to be complete by February 2021, the court heard.

"We've had permission from the Home Office, there's been no evidence of domestic abuse, very little involvement of agencies," Ms O'Rourke said.

"I think the findings so far are around the impact of Covid on the family. 

"We have identified some points of reflection."

Coroner Ms Mutch said she will list a full inquest hearing for 10am on March 26.

An inquest into the deaths will take place next March

"I'm going to list the inquest for Mr and Mrs Cooper, it will be a joint inquest, clearly it would be sensible in the circumstances," she said.

"I want to extend my condolences to the family of Mr and Mrs Cooper at this difficult time.

"It's important we move forward with the inquest."

Neighbours described Mr and Mrs Cooper as a 'nice, friendly couple' who had lived on the street for around three years.

One person, who asked not to be named, said: "They were a very nice, friendly couple."

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"We didn't know them really well, but would often chat about gardening."

Another told the Manchester Evening News : "It’s all a bit of a shock really.

"I came home from work and saw all the police cars and ambulances.

"I don’t know them very well, but they were a nice friendly couple and we would always say hello in passing.

"I would see them go out for walks a lot during coronavirus."

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