Four people including boy, 3, and girl, 11, found dead in West London flat

17 June 2023, 08:21 | Updated: 17 June 2023, 13:33

The bodies were found in a flat on Staines Road in Hounslow
The bodies were found in a flat on Staines Road in Hounslow. Picture: Alamy

By Emma Soteriou

A three-year-old boy and a girl, 11, are among four people who have been found dead in a flat in west London.

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Police were called just after 3pm on Friday to concerns over occupants of a house in Staines Road, Bedfont, Hounslow, Metropolitan Police said.

Officers forced their way into the home and found the bodies of four people inside.

The man and woman in their 30s, 11-year-old girl and three year-old boy were from the same family, police said.

Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, policing commander in west London, said at the scene: "I believe we know who they are - four members of the same family - however, urgent enquiries are ongoing to locate and inform their next of kin and it would be inappropriate for me to name them at this time.

"Post-mortem examinations are now being arranged."

Forensic investigators have since arrived at the flat in Hounslow. They could be see gathered around the entrance to the building, with some wearing face masks and gloves.

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Earlier on Saturday, Chief Superintendent Sean Wilson, local policing commander in west London, said: "Our investigation is at a very early stage, and based on our initial inquiries, we are not currently seeking anybody else in connection with the incident.

"I know the shock and distress that this terrible incident will cause among the community in Hounslow and beyond.

"I can assure local people that specialist officers are working to establish exactly what happened and I will provide further information as soon as I can.

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"I am also aware that this incident will be particularly upsetting for children, and I ask people to please be responsible about what they post on social media, including not naming or speculating as to the names of those who've died.

"There will be additional police officers in the area across the weekend, I urge anyone with information or concerns to speak with those officers."

Anyone with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call 101, quoting reference 5135/16Jun.