Man and woman found murdered in house with two unharmed small children

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A man and woman have been found dead in a home where two children were also found.

Police were called at 9.45pm on Sunday (21 Nov) and found the bodies in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset.

Two men, aged 34 and 67, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in custody for questioning.

A cordon remains in place at two properties on the street while investigations continue.

Forensic examination of the scene is also underway.

Police reportedly believe this to be an isolated incident.

Detective Inspector Neil Meade, of the Major Crime Investigation Team at Avon and Somerset Police, said: “The thoughts of everyone in the force this morning are with the families of the two people who sadly died last night.

“Two young children were inside the property at the time of the incident and while thankfully they weren’t hurt, they are understandably distressed at what has happened.

“They are being looked after and specially trained officers have been deployed to support the victim’s families in what is undoubtedly the most difficult of times."

A formal identification process and post-mortem examinations to determine the causes of death are expected to take place soon.

Police have said they will refer themselves to the Independent Office for Police Conduct in connection with the incident due to prior police contact with those involved.

Meade added: "We will carry out a full and thorough investigation and we will do all we can to achieve justice for the victim’s families.

"While this appears to be an isolated incident, there will be increased police activity in the area to provide the community with reassurance.

"Incidents like this are very rare but when they do happen, we know they cause significant concern so we’d urge anyone with worries or questions to speak to an officer or contact their local neighbourhood policing team.

"If anyone has information which would help our investigation, please phone 101 and give the call-handler the reference number 5221274497."

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