"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.

the pair- named locally- were found with serious injuries at the house in dragon rise in norton fitzwarren, near taunton, at about 21:45 gmt on sunday.

two men- aged 34 and 67, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

A police cordon is in place at two properties on the street while officers carry out a forensic examination of the scene.

Others said they heard screams and later the police and emergency services arriving.

Det Insp 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."

The pair - who were named locally - were found with serious injuries and died at the scene. Jenny is pictured in a social media photo

Avon and Somerset Police said that due to prior police contact with those involved, a mandatory referral will be made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

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The couple in their 30s, named in tributes and by neighbours as Stephen and Jennifer Chapple, died at the property in the village of Norton Fitzwarren on Sunday night.

A police officer guards Dragon Rise in Taunton today. Flowers have been left nearby by wellwishers

Neighbours described the area as quiet, with one describing the victims as "very friendly".

Another said he had not realised anything was wrong.

'we slept through it all," he said.

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

IT teacher Stephen Chapple, 36, and his garden centre worker wife Jenny, 33, were found at their property in the Somerset village of Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton, on Sunday night

Friends and neighbours have spoken of their 'shock and sadness' after a man and woman were killed at their Somerset home whilst two children were inside the house.

a 67-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering a couple in a somerset village has been released under investigation.

The other man, 34, remains in custody.

One neighbour, who didn't want to be named, said their kids knew each other : "I'm in shock.

A ground view of the parking space. One woman said: 'Everyone has an issue with parking around here. Some people have multiple cars there isn't space for and it has caused a lot of upset'

I knew them through school.

Officers were called at about 21:45 GMT.

The children in the property were unhurt, the force said.

Mrs Chapple worked in the coffee shop at a garden centre in the village, where staff said they were "devastated" at the loss of their "much-loved friend".

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