They were described as the per­fect family: Richard and Clair, mar­ried for 13 years and with two sons, Aaron aged one and Ben, nine. Only a few weeks ago they’€™d posed for a family por­trait and smiling into the camera they appear the epitome of a happy sub­urban family. Friends said that they seemed to have no prob­lems. They had bought their house, in a quiet cul-​​de-​​sac in Pudsey, near Leeds, last May and had no money wor­ries. No one could begin to imagine the truly hor­ren­dous events that would befall them.

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