A BUSINESSMAN remains in police custody today after he was arrested on suspicion of murdering his parents.
Nic Seddon, 45, of Seaham, is being quizzed over the shooting of parents Bob and Patricia, whose bodies were discovered at their home near Manchester.
Armed officers surrounded Mr Seddon’s house in Benevente Street on Saturday night before taking him into custody.
The bodies of Mr Seddon snr, 68, and his 65-year-old wife, were found on Friday afternoon at their semi-detached home in Sale, Manchester. They had each been killed by a single shot.
Four months ago, Nic Seddon, also known as Stephen, was hailed a hero after the BMW he was travelling in, along with his parents and nephew, ploughed into the Bridgewater Canal, in Altrincham, and sank.
The father-of-three was praised for helping save his parents, along with his 16-year-old nephew Daniel.
The bodies of Mr and Mrs Seddon were found by police who forced entry to their home after receiving a call from a concerned relative.
Yesterday, stunned neighbours told of their shock at seeing armed police descend on their quiet Dawdon neighbourhood at about 11.20pm on Saturday.
One neighbour told how she got caught up in the terrifying ordeal while she was paying her condolences after hearing about Mr and Mrs Seddon’s deaths.
She said: “I was in the kitchen chatting and then all of a sudden there were police with guns at the windows. They were at the front and the back and they wouldn’t let me leave.
“I have never been so frightened in my life, it was like something you see on the television. Steve (Nic) just walked outside to them.”
Another resident said: “I saw the armed response unit pull up and two police officers with guns going up the front street. There were already officers standing outside the back gate.
“They were shouting at him to get out of the house and get on the floor.
“They took him down the back street and put him in a car.”
Another neighbour said the family had only been living in the street since late last year.
She added: “I can’t believe this has happened here. It is such a quiet little street.”
Durham Constabulary said the operation in Benevente Street was carried out on behalf of Greater Manchester Police who launched a murder inquiry into the pensioners’ deaths.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed a 45-year-old man has been arrested and remains in police custody.
Superintendent Wayne Miller, said: “Although an arrest has been made, we are still in the early stages of the investigation and are trying to establish what happened in the lead up to the deaths.”
Mr and Mrs Seddon had been together for 46 years. A gun was found next to their bodies.
Officers initially thought they may have died as the result of a suicide pact.
Unemployed Nic Seddon, a former North East Chamber of Commerce member, studied at Manchester University and worked in the CCTV and security industry until December.
He is also understood to have worked in Newcastle and East Boldon.
Earlier this year, he was appointed to managed independent candidate Paul Massey’s campaign to become elected mayor of Salford.
Nic Seddon was nominated for an award for his quick-thinking bravery after saving his family when the car they were in plunged into a canal.
At the time, Mr Seddon told the Echo, he remembered he had a car lock – given to him by the family of teenage neighbour Steven Davison, who died in a road accident – which he used to smash the window to get out.
Speaking exclusively to the Echo, Mr Seddon told how he pulled free his 16-year-old nephew Daniel, who has learning difficulties, by sitting on the car roof and using his bare heels to shatter the glass in the passenger door.
A group of boys then helped get Daniel out of the water while Mr Seddon helped save his father who suffered from heart problems.
Firefighters saved his mother by smashing the back window with an axe.
Following the incident, Mr Seddon said: “The firefighters were amazing. For me I was saving the people I love. To them they we’re total strangers.”
He was nominated for this year’s Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Award for his bravery.