POLICE are continuing to carry out a double murder inquiry following the deaths of a mother and her young daughter as a second post-mortem examination has now taken place.

Officers were called to a house in Great Waldingfield last week on Thursday, September 8.

They were called at just after 9.55am, to reports of concerns for the safety of individuals at a property in Heath Estate.

Officers gained entry to the address and a 12-year-old girl, and a 44-year-old woman was found deceased inside.

Suffolk Police has confirmed the pair are mother and daughter.

A 46-year-old man was located inside the property and detained by officers.

He had serious injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by air ambulance for treatment.

He remains in hospital under arrest on suspicion of two counts of murder, with his condition currently described as stable.

Police say officers are treating this as a contained incident, with no wider threat to the community, and understand that all three individuals were known to each other.

A Home Office post-mortem examination in respect of the 12-year-old girl took place on Tuesday, September 13, with the cause of death determined to be a stab wound to the abdomen.

A Home Office post-mortem examination in respect of the 44-year-old woman, which took place on Friday, September 9, concluded her cause of death was pressure on the neck.

Formal identification procedures have not yet taken place in respect of both victims.

A spokesperson for Suffolk Police added: “Detectives are appealing for any witnesses or anybody with any information to contact the Major Investigation Team, by either using the online portal: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363721O05-PO1 or by calling 101 and quoting reference: 57943/22.

“Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999.”