Image caption, A forensic tent can be seen outside a property in Dragon Rise

A man and a woman were killed at a property in Somerset with two young children inside.

The pair, aged in their 30s, were found with serious injuries at the house in Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren, near Taunton, at about 21:45 GMT on Sunday.

The two young children inside the property were unhurt, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Two men, aged 34 and 67, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in custody.

A police cordon is in place at two properties on the street while officers carry out a forensic examination of the scene.

Image caption, A police cordon is in place at two properties on the street

Image caption, A double murder inquiry has been launched

Formal identification of the man and woman is yet to be carried out.

At the scene: Charlotte Callen, BBC West correspondent

Police cordons and a forensic tent remain here at the scene on Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren.

Neighbours here are clearly very shaken by the deaths. One has described hearing screams while another said they saw the police helicopters and heard the emergency services arrive.

Some flowers have been laid by friends at the scene.

Police have told me both the children found inside the property and the families of the victims are being supported.

Det Insp Neil Meade, of the major crime investigation team, said: “The thoughts of everyone in the force this morning are with the families of the two people who sadly died last night.

“Two young children were inside the property at the time of the incident and while thankfully they weren’t hurt, they are understandably distressed at what has happened.

“They are being looked after and specially trained officers have been deployed to support the victim’s families in what is undoubtedly the most difficult of times.”

The force said that due to prior police contact with those involved, a mandatory referral will be made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Image caption, Flowers have left been at the scene

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