A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the deaths of two women in West Sussex today.
Police rushed to the scene in Crawley Down, West Sussex, and also found a man seriously injured inside the property. He was taken to hospital in Brighton.
“At this time we believe this to be an isolated incident, with no ongoing risk to members of the public,” said Detective Chief Inspector Alex Geldart, of the Sussex and Surrey major crime team.
“This is a fast-moving investigation which will see significant police resources deployed to the scene for the foreseeable future. We are grateful for the support and patience of the local community while we conduct our enquiries.
“My thoughts are very much with the friends and family of the two women who have sadly lost their lives.”
In response to reports that a knife had been involved, Detective Chief Inspector Alex Geldart, of the Sussex and Surrey major crime team, said: “I wish to make it absolutely clear that this is not a knife crime.”
Several forensic tents have been erected on the residential road as police continue to investigate.
There are around 10 police cars in attendance.
“All I know is that I was coming home from Crawley at around 11.30am and I was passed by the ambulance crews and most of the police cars,” one neighbour said.
Christmas lights are lit on a number of neighbouring houses, and police officers and forensic investigators in white suits are examining the scene.
Crawley Down is a small village east of Crawley itself, in the northeast tip of West Sussex.
The probe continues.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to report online or call 101, quoting Operation Deanland.
Alternatively, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.