Twickenham deaths: police reveal cause of deaths of mother stabbed ‘repeatedly’ and family members who died at cliffs

Police have confirmed the causes of death of four members of the same family who died in a suspected murder-suicide earlier this month.

A 47-year-old woman was found dead by police at her home in Twickenham, before her husband, 57, and two young boys were discovered at the foot of cliffs in east Sussex.

The woman died after she was repeatedly stabbed, it was confirmed following four post-mortems. 

The man died from multiple injuries consistent with falling from height, as did the two boys, who were aged seven and 10.

Murder probe: Forensic officers leave the property in South Road, Twickenham (PA)

Police and paramedics were called at about 6pm on Monday, March 5 to South Road after concerns were raised about the welfare of family.

The woman was found dead at the scene with stab injuries.

Met detectives said they then rushed to establish the welfare of her husband, 57, and two children, aged seven and 10, only to find that Sussex Police had discovered their bodies at the foot of cliffs at Birling Gap seafront.

Scotland Yard said that while the bodies have still not been formally identified, officers believe they are the woman’s immediate family.

Twickenham: Forensic officers exit a house in South Road (PA)

The bodies of the man and children were found by a member of the public at the foot of cliffs shortly before 5pm, about an hour before police discovered the woman fatally stabbed at the home in Twickenham.

In a statement, the Met said it is not looking for anyone else in connection with their investigation.

“Officers from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command are leading the investigation, supported by colleagues in Sussex Police.

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“Next of kin have been informed. No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue.”

Neighbours described the family who lived there as “pleasant”.

One resident, Paul Warrington, 54, said: “They were just a very normal family. There was nothing to suggest anything untoward.

“They kept themselves to themselves. We have a residents’ association here and they never got involved with that.

“We used to see the kids and hear them playing in the garden. They were just normal kids making a lot of noise screaming and playing. It’s just absolutely horrible.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Metropolitan Police on 0208 721 4005, or locally to Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Glasson.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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