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Man found hanged after bodies of teenage daughters and mother discovered

Tragic: Police at the scene in London
Tragic: Police at the scene in London

A father has been found hanging near a reservoir after the bodies of his two teenage daughters and their mother were found in a property nearby.

Officers attended a house in Grove Road in Chadwell Heath, east London, at 1.10pm yesterday after concerns were raised about the welfare of the residents.

After forcing their way in, they found the bodies of the mother, believed to be aged 37, and two daughters, believed to be aged 13.

The 45-year-old father, who was missing from the address, was found hanging in Woodford Reservoir in Walthamstow, north east London, at 8.17am today, and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they attended the property on Monday evening but there was no response or sign of any disturbance.

The matter was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission yesterday and the Met's directorate of professional standards is reviewing the police response.

The last confirmed sighting of the family was on Sunday, Scotland Yard said. Post-mortem examinations are expected to start later today but police said the bodies of the females had no signs of visible injuries.

Forensic examinations are going on. Formal identification has not taken place and next of kin have not been informed.

Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald, who is overseeing the investigation, said: "At this stage we are awaiting the outcome of the post-mortems to confirm cause of death, which will provide further evidence of what has taken place inside the house at Grove Road.

"However, at this stage in our ongoing investigation we are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

"We are making extensive inquiries to trace next of kin, who we believe to be outside of the UK."

Police are standing outside Juniper Court where the family are believed to have lived. Police tape is tied around one side of the block of flats.

Mother-of-two Zoya Habibani, 24, lives in the same block as the family and described them as "really friendly", adding: "It's really sad."

She said she thought the family were originally from India. She described the incident as "really shocking" and said she did not want to tell her children what has happened.

"It's a really nice area," she added.

Bobby Singh, 41, manager at the garage beside the block of flats, said he would see the twins going to school in the mornings.

He described them as "very reserved" and "polite" and said they have lived in the block for a couple of years. But he said he did not see their father very much.

"The kids always walked in front of their mother. The mother was always a couple of steps behind," he said.

Mr Singh said he asked one of the police officers what had happened and he said as soon as they mentioned twins he knew it was them as there are not many twins in the area.

"I hope someone finds out the answers," he said. "I hope they rest in peace as well."

A Scotland Yard spokesman said that, after being called to the property on Monday evening amid concerns for the welfare of the residents, officers did not force their way in until the following afternoon.