Man and woman in their 30s found dead in property in Somerset with two ‘distressed’ children, as police arrest two men on suspicion of murder and refer themselves to IOPC
- Officers were called to Dragon Rise in Taunton at 9.45pm and found dead bodies
- Both man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene with serious injuries
- Two men, aged 34 and 67, have since been arrested on suspicion of murder
- Children inside the house weren’t harmed but are distressed by the situation
- Due to prior police contact with those involved, IOPC investigation launched
Police have launched a murder investigation after a man and woman were killed at a home in front of two children last night.
Officers were called to Dragon Rise in Taunton, Somerset, at 9.45pm where the man and woman, both in their 30s, were found with serious injuries.
They were both pronounced dead at the scene despite efforts from paramedics.
Two men, aged 34 and 67, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in custody for questioning.
Officers were called to Dragon Rise (pictured) in Taunton, Somerset, at 9.45pm where the man and woman, both in their 30s, were found with serious injuries
A police cordon is still in place at two properties on the street while officers carry out a forensic examination of the scene.
Due to prior police contact with those involved, a voluntary referral will be made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.
A formal identification process and post-mortem examinations to determine the causes of death will take place in due course.
Detective Inspector Neil Meade, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: ‘The thoughts of everyone in the force this morning are with the families of the two people who sadly died last night.
Two men, aged 34 and 67, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in custody for questioning. Pictured: Police at the scene today
‘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.’
He 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.
A police cordon is still in place at two properties on the street (pictured) while officers carry out a forensic examination of the scene
‘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.’