An elderly man is dead and a woman is critically ill after a discovery at a cottage in Billingham, near Chillerton, on the Isle of Wight.

Hampshire Constabulary says it was called to Berry Shute at 10.20pm yesterday (Sunday).

The force says an 87-year-old man was found dead. An 84-year-old woman was found in a life-threatening condition and was taken to St Mary’s Hospital, where she remains.

Police said in a statement,

“The death of the man is currently being treated as unexplained and investigations are ongoing into the circumstances of this incident. At this time, we do not believe that anyone else has been involved in what has happened at this address.”

Next of kin have been informed.