THE man who led forensic teams following the high profile murder and arson at Osbaston House has been commended by West Mercia Police.
Senior Forensic Investigator Paul Beeton received a Chief Constable’s Commendation at the Shropshire division Commendations Evening on Thursday.
He led the team which recovered the bodies of Christopher Foster, his wife Jill, and 15-year-old daughter Kirstie in August 2008.
A three-day inquest found the 50-year-old businessman had shot his family , plus the family pets, before succumbing to fumes create when he set the £1.2 million family home alight.
The 16-acre site is currently on the market with planning permission for a five-bedroom country home after the ruins of Osbaston House were demolish in 2011.
Speaking at the commendations ceremony Superintendent James Tozer, West Mercia Police Commander for Shropshire praised the “courage and professionalism” of his officers and staff.
He said: “We are here to acknowledge in some cases their courage in difficult situations, and, in other cases, their professionalism during challenging investigations. I am very proud to serve with them all.
“It is also especially pleasing to see the families and friends of those receiving awards. It is the support you give which enables our officers and staff to undertake their demanding roles.”
Further awards were received by PC Andrea Marston, who risked her life to save a woman stuck on a freezing rooftop in Oswestry. She was presented with one of two Royal Humane Society bravely awards, along with Graham Proctor and an anonymous woman, who rescued a man trying to hang himself in north Shropshire.