A husband has murdered his wife at home before killing himself after neighbours heard the cries of three young children. The bodies of the couple were found at the family home in the Midlands after what’s believed to have been a murder-suicide.

Detectives believe the woman was violently attacked before her husband took his own life while three children, including a small baby, were present. Police were alerted at around 2pm on Saturday by a neighbour in Oldbury, who was concerned by the cries of young children at the address. Officers attended and found a 26-year-old woman who had suffered fatal head injuries, while the body of a 30-year-old man was also discovered in another room.

The three children – all aged under eight – are now being cared for by family members. West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Jim Munro confirmed that police are not looking for anyone in connection with the deaths: “This is a truly tragic incident. It’s understood the woman was violently attacked before the offender took his own life.”