Two boys aged 13 and 14 die after ‘serious incident’ at home while four children including seven-month-old baby are in hospital as police arrest man, 37, and woman, 34, for murder
- Six children were taken to hospital after ‘serious incident’ in Sheffield
- Two boys aged 13 and 14 have died and seven-month-old baby is being treated
- Three children aged 11, 10 and three in hospital but injuries not life-threatening
- Man, 37, and woman, 34, have been arrested on suspicion of murder
- Police say post mortems taking place tonight and no wider threat to community
- Air ambulance landed at the school while a bus has also been taped off
Two boys aged 13 and 14 have died after a ‘serious incident’ near a school in Sheffield this morning – while a seven-month-old baby remains in hospital.
Police say the baby is receiving treatment alongside an 11-year-old, a 10-year-old and a three-year-old child while a 37-year-old man and 34-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Witnesses said they saw ‘two children being taken out of a home in bandages’ and being put into a road ambulance while a man and woman were seen in handcuffs.
Emergency services were called to a property in the Shiregreen area, at around 7.30am today. A cordon remains in place and officers and forensic teams are expected to be conducting inquiries throughout the day.
The cause of death has not yet been established and a post-mortem examination will be carried out later today.
Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Superintendent Paul McCurry said the other children did not have life threatening injuries and were ‘conscious’ and being given ‘necessary care’, adding there was ‘no wider risk’ to the public.
Meanwhile it emerged ambulance crews that took the injured children to hospital had been ‘left in tears’.
Two boys aged 13 and 14 have died today after six children were rushed to hospital following a ‘serious incident’ in Sheffield. Forensic teams have since been pictured going into a house in Shiregreen
Several houses have been blocked off by a cordon, pictured, and police say they are expecting to be on the scene throughout the day
Superintendent McCurry said: ‘As you appreciate we are in the very early stages of our investigation.
‘Our detectives are supporting the family. The family are aware of the circumstances and our inquiries will continue to develop in the day.
‘There is no wider risk. Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.’
The officer would not confirm if a weapon was used or if the two people arrested sustained any injuries.
He also refused to say whether the victims had any relationship to the two people arrested.
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Palmer, who is leading the investigation, said: ‘Detectives and specialist officers remain in the area carrying out inquiries and we are working hard to ascertain the exact circumstances surrounding this incident.
‘We will remain in the area this afternoon and into the evening carrying out enquiries and providing reassurance.
Superintendent McCurry, pictured at the scene, added the children were ‘conscious and being given all necessary care’
‘I appreciate the events of this morning have caused concern locally but I’d like to reassure you that there is no wider risk to the community.
‘We will be providing regular updates when we are able to. If anyone does have concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to an officer in the area.
‘To allow the investigation to progress, I would please ask that people are mindful of what they are posting on social media and the potential distress this may cause.
‘A 37-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection and remain in custody at this time.’
Police say there is no wider risk to Sheffield community
Speaking at a press conference at the scene this afternoon, Superintendent Paul McCurry said: ‘This morning at around 7.30am the emergency services responded to a property on this street.
‘As a result of that the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service attended here and a number of children were taken to hospital.
‘Sadly, two of the children have since died and four children remain in hospital.
‘As you appreciate we are in the very early stages of our investigation.
‘Our detectives are supporting the family.
‘The family are aware of the circumstances and our inquiries will continue to develop in the day. There is no wider risk to the community.
‘Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.’
Local MP Gill Furniss says Shiregreen has been ‘deeply shaken’ by the tragedy.
She said: ‘I am deeply saddened by the tragic incident today in my constituency.
‘My deepest sympathies are with the loved ones of the children who have lost their lives and also with those who are currently in the care of Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
‘Shiregreen is a strong community but I know the whole area Is deeply shaken by what has happened here.
‘I would like to thank hardworking South Yorkshire Police and the NHS staff for their response in such a difficult situation.’
Worried residents have been gathering in nearby roads and say they have no idea what happened.
An air ambulance landed at a nearby school, which has been cordoned off by officers, and has since left the scene.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said she was told by police the incident was ‘possibly domestic-related’.
The 41-year-old mother-of-three said: ‘They came to the door and just asked if I knew the people, did I hear anything through the night.
‘I don’t really socialise with my neighbours but it’s a fairly quiet street. It’s the last thing you expect to wake up to.’
Another resident, 29-year-old Aaron Brunskill, told how locals reacted with shock as children were ‘brought out from the property and into waiting ambulances’.
Speaking outside his home, he said: ‘Suddenly we had about 20 police cars and four ambulances.
A police press conference this afternoon, pictured, confirmed post mortems would take place later today
Police have been arriving at the scene throughout the day including uniformed officers and detectives
Several police cars and vans remain at the scene, pictured, which has been cordoned off
‘We had 15 directly on the street outside and five more further down. Then the air ambulance came.
‘They were just taking children away. ‘We saw the first two ambulances take away children.
The neighbours told me it was children, there was a small toddler less than two years old taken away in another ambulance, I don’t know if they were injured.’
Forensics officers arrived shortly after 11.30am to begin work.
Mr Brunskill said the street was not usually ‘noisy’ but police would often be seen dealing with incidents at properties.
He added: ‘I have seen children playing out [on the street before].
‘People say you never expect it to happen on your front door step and we don’t. We didn’t know what it was to do with. I have not seen the amount of police like it before.’
Police have also been going door to door in the area, as well as conducting forensic searches, pictured
A police statement said: ‘Police were called at around 7.30am today (24 May) to reports of concerns for safety at a property in Shiregreen.
‘Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Yorkshire Air Ambulance have attended and transported six children to hospital.
‘Two people are under arrest.
‘There will be a significant police presence at the scene throughout the day as officers continue inquiries.
‘A cordon is in place and buses are being diverted from the area. This incident is ongoing and further updates will be provided in due course.’
Buses have been diverted from the scene although some have been kept behind the cordon.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service said it was not commenting on the condition of the children and said South Yorkshire Police was dealing with the incident.
Officers have been seen standing guard outside a house in the road, pictured, while witnesses said two children were ‘taken out of a property in bandages’
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