Leicester

Hinckley deaths: Dead father had stab wound to chest

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Image caption David Stokes has now been formally identified as the man found dead in the house

A man whose body was found along with those of his children in a house in Leicestershire died from a stab wound, police have said.

The bodies of David Stokes, 43, and sons Matthew, 5, and and Adam, 11, were found following a disturbance at Welwyn Road, Hinckley, early on Wednesday.

Post-mortem examinations into how the children died have not yet concluded.

Sally Stokes, 44, who left the house before the discovery was made, remains in hospital in a stable condition.

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Image caption David Stokes and his sons Adam and Matthew were found dead on Wednesday morning

Detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

Leicestershire Police said trained negotiators were at the address for several hours following calls from concerned neighbours.

After Mrs Stokes left and was being given first aid, officers searched the house and found the bodies of Mr Stokes, Adam and Matthew.

Hundreds of people attended a vigil at St Peter's Roman Catholic church in Leicester Road, to remember the young boys and their father, on Thursday evening.

As police had been in contact with both the man and the woman during the evening, the force has informed the Independent Police Complaints Commission.