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Murder inquiry launched after deaths in Somerset

A murder inquiry is underway following the tragic deaths of two people in Somerset last night.

Police were called to Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren at about 9.45pm where a man and a woman, both aged in their 30s, were found inside with serious injuries.

Despite the efforts of officers and medics, they were sadly both pronounced dead at the scene.

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 we carry out a number of enquiries, including a forensic examination of the scene.

A formal identification process and post-mortem examinations to determine the causes of death will take place in due course.

Due to prior police contact with those involved, a mandatory referral will be made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct. It would be inappropriate to go into further detail until the referral has been considered.

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 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.

“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.”