Baby and another child among family of four found stabbed to death

The Rock of Gibraltar
The Rock of Gibraltar

A baby and another child are among a family of four that have been found stabbed to death in a flat in Gibraltar.

The family are not believed to be local, with reports stating that a 31-year-old British man is among the dead.

The others are said to be a 37-year-old Spanish woman, a girl aged four years and another six-week-old girl.

Police have cordoned off the area.

BBC are reporting that Royal Gibraltar Police were not looking for anyone else involved.

It follows the discovery  of an elderly couple found shot dead in their villa in southeastern Spain, 

Police discovered the body of the two, both aged 77, at their home in Xalo near Benidorm on Spain’s Costa Blanca, on Sunday evening after friends were unable to contact them, a Guardia Civil spokesman said.

“Some of their friends became worried and called police to go look for them at their home when they were not able to reach them. They had been shot in the head,” the spokesman told AFP.

There were no signs of break-in and nothing appears to have been stolen from the house, the spokesman said.

Police would not name the victims but British media identified them as Peter Tarsey, a former British diver who competed for Britain at the 1956 Olympics in Australia, and his wife Jean.

Spanish media reported that the family found in Gibraltar had been living in Spain and had only recently arrived there. 

The British man involved was originally from Liverpool, according to police sources quoted by El Mundo newspaper.

The newspaper said the four-year-old girl was believed to be the woman's daughter from a previous relationship, while the baby had been born in Spain.

A spokesman for the Royal Gibraltar Police confirmed that "at present" the deaths appeared to be a murder-suicide.

The spokesman said he understood that next of kin in the UK have been informed of the tragedy.

Asked how the police were alerted, he said: "A member of staff of the company that was letting out the flat, which is a rental property, attended the residence.

"They got no answer from within but noticed that the house was locked from inside and that sent a few alarm bells ringing and they decided to call the police.

"At the moment what we are doing is trying to get as much background information from both the Spanish and the UK sides of the family."

None of the deceased are thought to have been known to police or social services in Gibraltar.

The spokesman added: "These people had only been in Gibraltar for a few days, I think it was either last Thursday or Friday that they arrived.

"We are trying to discover if they were here in transit to the UK or whether they were planning on staying for any length of time in Gibraltar."

A Home Office forensic pathologist is expected to travel to Gibraltar in the next couple of days to perform post-mortem examinations on the bodies.