Leeds & West Yorkshire

Murder arrest as woman and girl found dead in Garforth

Police outside house
Image caption Police searched the house in Garforth on the outskirts of Leeds

An eight-year-old girl and a woman, aged 31, have been found dead in a house in West Yorkshire.

Police found the bodies during a search of a house on Kirkby Avenue in Garforth on the outskirts of Leeds.

A four-year-old girl was also found injured at the property. She was taken to Leeds General Infirmary and discharged after treatment.

A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder, West Yorkshire Police said.

Police were first alerted after reports of an assault at a nature reserve about five miles away near Castleford.

A police spokesman said: "Police were called at around 4pm on Saturday afternoon to reports of an assault near the Fairburn Ings Nature Reserve near Castleford.

"Officers attended and, following initial inquiries, a house search was subsequently conducted at an address in Kirkby Avenue in Garforth in Leeds.

"A 31-year-old woman and an eight-year-old girl were found deceased in the property.

"A four-year-old girl was also found with minor injuries."

Neighbours have spoken of their shock at the events.

Resident Audrey Bottomley said: "My friend who lives next door was here at my house.

"I went to the gate with her when she was leaving and a police car arrived, then another one and there were lots of flashing lights and people running up and down."

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