Two people have been arrested on suspicion of murder after two young boys died following a ‘serious incident’ in Sheffield.
The children, aged 13, and 14, have been confirmed dead after being taken to hospital this morning, said South Yorkshire Police.
A seven-month-old baby and three other children, aged three, 10, and 11, remain in hospital receiving treatment and are not in a life threatening condition, said police.
Speaking at the scene in Shiregreen, Superintendent Paul McCurry, said: ‘They are conscious. They are being given the necessary care that they need.
‘And they will be in hospital for certainly the next few hours.’
A man, 37, and a woman, 34, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody.
The six children were taken to hospital this morning following reports at around 7.30am of concerns for the safety of them at a property on Gregg House Road.
Emergency services rushed to the scene and an air ambulance landed in the grounds of nearby Hartley Brook Primary Academy, but the incident is not thought to be related to the school.
The cause of death has not yet been established and a post-mortem examination will be carried out later today, police confirmed.
Police said the family have been informed and are receiving support from specially trained officers.
Officers said there is no wider risk to the community.
Superintendent McCurry said called it a ‘tragic set of circumstances’, adding: ‘I am aware of wider speculation regarding the use of weapons.
‘At the moment there is no wider risk to the community in Sheffield.’
Detective Chief Inspector Simon Palmer, said enquiries are ongoing in the cordoned off area, while they try to ascertain the exact circumstances around the incident.
He added: ‘To allow the investigation to progress, I would please ask that people are mindful of what they are posting on social media and the potential distress this may cause.
‘A 37-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection and remain in custody at this time.’
‘I appreciate the events of this morning have caused concern locally but I’d like to reassure you that there is no wider risk to the community,’ he added.
‘We will be providing regular updates when we are able to. If anyone does have concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to an officer in the area.’
Anyone with concerns or information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting incident number 122 of 24 May 2019.