A community is in shock after a mother and her two young children were found stabbed to death.
Police were called to “an incident” at an address on Sherwin Road in Stoke-on-Trent yesterday evening at approximately 6.35pm after a neighbour was heard screaming for help after she came across the tragic deaths.
Police officers have said that all three victims – as yet unnamed – were pronounced dead at the scene. It is thought that the mother was Polish and her two children were thought to be aged about 3 and a year-and-a-half.
Once the initial horrific discovery had been made, another neighbour, a nurse, was quickly on the scene to see if she could help, but the young family was already dead.
A witness, 30 year-old Matthew Houghton, told reporters: “My brother said he heard a woman screaming, that someone was being killed, so we ran up the street. There was a woman already on the phone to the police. She was hysterical, saying they were all dead, that they’d all been stabbed. She’d been in the house and seen it. Another woman who lives next door is a nurse, and she’d been inside too and checked their pulse, but they were all dead.”
Staffordshire Police cordoned off the scene and arrested a man at the address of the killings. They have also released a statement: “Officers from Staffordshire Police are currently at an address in Sherwin Road, Stoke-on-Trent. We received a call at 6.35pm of an incident at the address. Tragically, a woman and two young children were pronounced dead at the scene.
“A man was arrested at the scene. Please don’t speculate about this incident a detailed investigation to establish the facts is underway and anyone with any information is urged to call 101. Local police officers will remain at the scene to speak to local residents.”