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Woman arrested on suspicion of stabbing two toddlers to death

Flowers left at the scene today
Flowers left at the scene today

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after two young children were stabbed to death.

Police found the two children with stab wounds after they were called to an address in Undercliffe, Bradford, West Yorkshire, at 11.28am.

West Yorkshire Police said the woman was arrested and police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the deaths.

A force spokesman said police were contacted by paramedics who were attending a report of an injured child.

Both children received treatment at the scene but were pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

Police said inquiries are continuing.

A police cordon was in place at the scene of the stabbings, at a block of flats on Mint Street.

Police officers guarded the cordon on either side of the red-brick building, which is situated at the end of a row of traditional terraced houses on a hill overlooking Bradford.

Scenes of crime officers could be seen at the flats and a police van was parked within the cordoned-off area.

A group of women and children, who live on the road nearby, lay bunches of flowers at the scene and wiped tears from their eyes as they walked away.

Kathleen Muller, 67, said: "We've got kids ourselves and we only live on that street. It's awful. We've left the flowers for the kiddies. She must have been in a state."

Ms Muller's daughter, Joanne Shoesmith, 45, said the area was usually quiet.

Many neighbours said they would be afraid to let their children play out in the street following the stabbings.

Joanne Cannar, 27, who has two children aged three and seven, said: "I'll probably be more wary now. It's so close to home. Everyone on the street keeps themselves to themselves. It's normally quiet, it's normally a nice area."

Ms Cannar said she did not know the woman or children involved but had sometimes heard noise from the building where the stabbings took place.

"Kids scream from the windows but you just think it's kids having tantrums and things like that," she said.

"I was picking my youngest up from nursery this morning and I've seen an ambulance and an ambulance car but I didn't know why."

John Adeleye, who also lives on the street, said: "The police arrived and paramedics and ambulance came. They tried to save the kids but eventually they passed away."

He added: "This environment is usually a very peaceful place. We saw children from the building playing around and having fun. We're very shocked."

Police later confirmed the children involved were girls aged one and three.

A spokesman described the incident as "tragic", and said officers are speaking to the woman's family members to try to find out what happened.

Post-mortem examinations will take place later.

The spokesman said: "Inquiries into this incident are at an early stage but it is being treated as an isolated matter and police are not looking for anyone else at this time.

"A post-mortem examination will be taking place later and we are speaking with family members to establish the circumstances of what appears to be a very tragic case."

Police said the woman remains in custody and there are not expected to be any further developments today.