Dagenham: Police launch investigation after finding bodies of two children, aged two and five

Police say the arrested woman and man were known to both children.
Police say the arrested woman and man were known to both children.

Emergency services were called at around 2pm today after reports that the bodies of two young children were discovered inside the residential address in Dagenham

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Detectives have launched an investigation after two children were found dead at a property in east London.

Emergency services were called at around 2pm today after reports that the bodies of two young children were discovered inside the residential address in Dagenham.

Police officers and paramedics attended the scene.

Scotland Yard said the officers found the bodies of a two-year-old boy and a five-year-old boy, who were both pronounced dead at the scene.

The Metropolitan police confirmed that the children's family had been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

A woman was arrested a short time later in connection with the incident.

She was detained after police were called to a disturbance at an 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.

Police say arrested woman and man were known to both children.

Detective Inspector Sean Treweek of the Met's East Area BCU said:

Detective Inspector Sean Treweek, who is leading the investigation, said: "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.”

Police cordons remain in place at the scene while enquiries continue.