Police have launched a murder inquiry after a mother and her daughter were found stabbed to death at a home in Spalding, Lincolnshire. The victims were discovered at a house in Dawson Avenue shortly after 12.15pm on Friday (15 April), Lincolnshire Police said.

The pair have been named locally as school dinner lady Liz Edwards and her 13-year-old daughter Katie. Police are yet to officially release the victims' names because family members are still being informed.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the investigation and are being questioned Sky News reports.

Superintendent Paul Timmins said: "The events that unfolded in Spalding yesterday have understandably generated a great deal of local concern and upset. I would like to make clear that this type of crime is extremely rare and not something we often see. Indeed, we believe this is a completely isolated incident.

"This is very much an active investigation that is in its early stages and police would like people not to speculate as to the circumstances surrounding it. We are looking at a number of lines of enquiry and doing our utmost to get to the bottom of what has happened."

The ground floor window of the property has been smashed. Shocked neighbours left floral tributes were laid outside the house. Liz Edwards' partner, Graham Green, posted a photo and a message paying tribute to her on his Facebook page. He wrote: "My babe has gone but you will always in my heart forever and ever and ever. RIP."

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the Dawson Avenue area from 12pm on Wednesday to 12pm on Friday to come forward. Anyone with information is being asked to contact the non-emergency number 101. Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.