A small North East Derbyshire town has been rocked by a major murder investigation after four people were found dead at a residential property on Sunday morning.

The town of Killamarsh, which sits on the South Yorkshire border, became the centre of an intensive emergency services response after local police were called to a concern for safety at 7.25am.

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Officers discovered the four people had lost their lives at the property on Chandos Crescent and one man was arrested in connection with the deaths yesterday.

Derbyshire Constabulary launched their murder investigation overnight and have confirmed they believe it to be an isolated incident with no other suspects sought in connections to the deaths.

Emergency services at the scene in Chandos Crescent in Killamarsh
Emergency services at the scene in Chandos Crescent in Killamarsh

Close family of the victims have now been made aware and specially trained officers are with them and the police have asked that people avoid speculation and allow for space at this distressing time.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Routledge, who is leading the investigation team, said: “We would really like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the early hours of this morning, or has any information which they think could help with our inquiries. No matter how small you think that information may be, please do get in touch with us.

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“It is understandably a worrying time for the community, and we would like to thank them for their patience and understanding at this time. It was important to us that close relatives of those involved were informed before we could give further details about incident.

“Residents will continue to see a large police presence in the area, and patrols are being carried out for reassurance. If you do have any concerns, please don’t hesitate to speak to them.”

Local MP Lee Rowley said: "This is a hugely shocking and tragic event for such a close knit and quiet community, and I know that village residents will be worried and concerned about what has happened.

"The Police have made an arrest and, whilst the news is heartbreaking, they do believe it is an isolated incident.

"Over the next few days, the Police will need time to do their job and investigate properly given the gravity of what has happened. I know that Killamarsh will want to give them the space and time to make sure the investigation is completed fully.

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Anyone with information should contact Derbyshire Police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 302-190921.

You can also anonymously contact Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org.