Two boys aged two and five are found dead in Dagenham as man and woman are arrested 


Two boys aged two and five are found dead in Dagenham as man and woman are arrested

  • The bodies were discovered in a property in Cornwallis Road after 2pm on Friday
  • A man and a woman known to the children have been arrested, Met Police said
  • The force said autopsies have been scheduled and family members informed 

An investigation is underway after two young boys were found dead at a home in east London today. 

Metropolitan Police said they arrested a man and a woman following the grisly discovery – made just nine days before Christmas – at a property in Cornwallis Road in Dagenham.  

The force said officers and the London Ambulance Service found the bodies of a two-year-old and a five-year-old shortly after 2pm on Friday. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. 

The Met added that their family have been informed and will be supported by specialist officers.

An investigation is underway after two young boys were found dead at a home in Cornwallis Road (pictured on Google Maps), in Dagenham, east London today

An investigation is underway after two young boys were found dead at a home in Cornwallis Road (pictured on Google Maps), in Dagenham, east London today 

Post-mortem examinations and formal identifications will be arranged in due course.

The statement added: ‘A woman was arrested a short time later in connection with the incident. She was arrested after police were called to a disturbance at a residential address near to the scene. 

‘A man was also arrested near to the scene in connection with the incident. Both the man and woman remain in police custody.’

The investigation is being run by detectives from the Met’s East Area BCU working alongside colleagues from Specialist Crime. The arrested woman and man were known to both children, police said. 

Detective Inspector Sean Treweek of the Met’s East Area BCU added: ‘This is clearly an extremely distressing incident with many unanswered questions, however at this very early stage, nobody else is sought in connection with the deaths.

‘I want to thank local people for the assistance they have given officers as they begin work along with partner agencies to establish the full circumstances of these two tragic deaths. 

‘They will see additional officers in the area, and anyone with information or concerns should speak with those officers.’

Cordons remain in place at the location and enquiries continue.

Any witnesses or anyone with information that may assist the police investigation are asked to call 101, quoting reference number CAD 3408/16dec.

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