Pair found dead believed to be Concorde pilot and wife, as police probe ‘murder’

Police have launched a murder investigation after a pair believed to be a pioneering Concorde pilot and his wife were found dead near the village of Bucklebury.

An official named the couple found in a property in West Berkshire on Tuesday evening as Tony and Paula Meadows, who were both in their 80s.

Detectives stressed to locals in the village where the Duchess of Cambridge’s family have lived that there is no further threat and that they are not searching for a suspect.

Mr Meadows has previously written in the Mach 2 Concorde magazine that he was part of the flight crew during the supersonic jet’s first passenger flight from Heathrow to New York in 1977.

Police outside the property
Police outside the property

Officers from Thames Valley Police were investigating at one of the homes on Hawkridge Farm in Chapel Lane.

A blue forensics tent has been set up on the land.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Howard said: “This is a tragic incident in which two people have died.

“We are currently investigating and have launched a murder inquiry but we are not looking for anybody else in connection with this incident.

“There is no danger to the public so people locally should not have any undue cause for concern.

“We are aware that Bucklebury is a small community and this will have an impact on its residents, as such people will see an increased police presence.”

Asked about the former British Airways captain’s death, the airline said: “Our thoughts are with their family and friends.”

Several enthusiasts who knew Mr Meadows declined to comment, with one source saying: “I think everyone in the Concorde world is a bit raw about this just now.”

The coroners’ office in Reading identified the pair found dead in Bucklebury as Tony and Paula Meadows, saying they were both aged 84.

Their next of kin have been informed.

Kate’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton have owned an estate in the village, where they hosted their other daughter Pippa’s evening reception following her society wedding to James Matthews.