Family of four found dead at house near Norwich

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A large police presence remains in Costessey, close to Norwich
By Neve Gordon-Farleigh & Alex Pope
BBC News, Norfolk

A man, woman and two young girls from the same family have been found dead at a house.

Police forced entry to the home in Costessey, near Norwich, after a call from a concerned member of the public.

Norfolk Police said the bodies of the man, 45, woman, 36, and the girls were discovered inside, all with injuries.

Officers were called to the house in December for a missing persons inquiry and the force said it would look back at that incident.

Det Ch Insp Burgess, who is leading the investigation, said the man and two children lived at the address and “the woman involved was visiting and didn’t live at the property”.

The identity of those who died will not yet be revealed.

Officers were called to Allan Bedford Crescent at about 07:15 GMT.

“I understand that news of this incident will be shocking to the local community and as soon as we can we will release more information,” Det Ch Insp Burgess said.

“Our investigation is in the very early stages and this is clearly a very distressing and tragic incident.”

‘Isolated incident’

A knife found in nearby woodland was not thought to be linked to the deaths, Det Ch Insp Burgess said.

He confirmed that officers were not currently investigating any other locations but would remain in Allan Bedford Crescent for a “considerable time”.

“I would reassure the local community that we’re doing everything we can to establish what happened at the address, I’m confident this is an isolated incident,” he added.

“I would urge people to be cautious around the information they share on social media, and between each other, we don’t want false information getting out there because that can frustrate the inquiry and cause undo distress where it’s not needed, so please rely on the information the police are sharing.”

Emergency services were called to Costessey early on Friday morning

“We want to get this absolutely right and the way we get it right is being detailed, accurate and taking our time to do so,” continued Det Ch Insp Burgess.

“We can confirm all four were found with injuries and post-mortem examinations will be held in due course to establish cause of death.”

He confirmed the family’s next of kin had been informed and were being supported.

Daniel Seeley lives on the estate, about 200-300 yds [183-274 metres] from the house.

Mr Seeley said he was “shocked, absolutely shocked” after seeing the news.

“It’s a quiet estate, things don’t happen around here like this,” he said.

Sharon Blundell said the community had been left in shock

Sharon Blundell, the Liberal Democrat councillor for Old Costessey on South Norfolk Council, said she was hoping to arrange support for the community affected.

Ms Blundell said she was “still in shock” and added: “It’s tragic. You don’t expect that on such a close-knit community.

“Our community is lovely and always there for each other.”

Costessey resident says discovery of four bodies is ‘very scary’

Jocelyn Atienza, a neighbour, said she knew the family but only in passing as their children went to school together.

“I only met them sometimes in the street because my son and her kids go to the same school, so we met sometimes in school or in the street and said ‘hello’,” she said.

She said she was left “shaken” by the “sad and tragic” news.

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