A man and a woman were killed at a property in Somerset with two young children inside.

The pair, aged in their 30s, were found with serious injuries at the house in Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton, at about 21:45 GMT on Sunday.

"two young children were inside the property at the time of the incident and while thankfully they weren't hurt, they are understandably distressed at what has happened," he said.

Two men, aged 34 and 67, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in custody for questioning.

Due to prior police contact with those involved, a voluntary referral will be made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

it would be inappropriate to go into further detail until the referral has been considered, avon and somerset police has said.

a formal identification process and post-mortem examinations to determine the causes of death will take place in due course.

A cordon is still in place at the scene of the suspected double murder

Detective Inspector Neil Meade, of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said : "The thoughts of everyone in the force this morning are with the families of the two people who sadly died last night.

"They are being looked after and specially trained officers have been deployed to support the victim's families in what is undoubtedly the most difficult of times."

"while this appears to be an isolated incident, there will be increased police activity in the area to provide the community with reassurance.

"Incidents like this are very rare but when they do happen, we know they cause significant concern so we'd urge anyone with worries or questions to speak to an officer or contact their local neighbourhood policing team.

Pictured: Forensic officers on the scene in Dragon Rise in Taunton, Somerset

"If anyone has information which would help our investigation, please phone 101 and give the call-handler the reference number 5221274497."

Formal identification of the man and woman is yet to be carried out.

One has described hearing screams while another said they saw the police helicopters and heard the emergency services arrive.

They were both pronounced dead at the scene despite efforts from paramedics.

Officers were called to Dragon Rise (pictured) in Taunton, Somerset, at 9.45pm where the man and woman, both in their 30s, were found with serious injuries

He added : "We will carry out a full and thorough investigation and we will do all we can to achieve justice for the victim's families.

Police were called to the home at about 9.45pm.

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