Three bodies – believed to be of a woman and two children – have been discovered in a house in West Yorkshire. Police were called to the property in Allerton Bywater, near Leeds, at around midday on 2 February after concerns were raised about the occupants.
Officers discovered three bodies inside the property in Beeston Way and a crime scene was established soon after, with forensic teams in white suits seen entering the house. West Yorkshire Police said enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances with the Yorkshire Post reporting officers were hunting a man in connection with the incident.
Neighbours were reportedly in tears when they arrived home and were told the news.
A woman who lives nearby told the local newspaper: "We are just really shocked and sad. You just don't know what's happening on your doorstep. A couple lived in the house with two children – a boy aged about seven or eight and a girl aged 12 or 13. The kiddies used to play outside on their scooters."
Chloe Firth, 11, said to be a friend of the young girl, added: "She was really bubbly and laughed a lot and was very kind to everyone else. I just can't believe it. You don't expect something like this to happen."
Her father Sean, 44, said: "What can you say? It's devastating. You don't think anything like this could happen around here. It's very quiet. People keep themselves to themselves."
Allerton Bywater is a semi-rural village built up of old mining communities. The house was in the Millennium Village development, which contains about 520 homes.