Man kills wife and daughters before suicide

A father is believed to have murdered his wife and two teenage daughters before killing himself.

The bodies of Jitendra Lad, 49, his wife, Daksha Lad, 44, and their daughters Trisha, 19, and Nisha, 17, were found at their detached home in Clayton, Bradford, on Monday night.

Police launched a murder investigation but said they are not looking for anyone else in relation the deaths.

They said early indications suggest the bodies may have been in the house “for some time”.

Officers were called to the house in Blackberry Way at 8.31pm on Monday after they were contacted by a neighbour who was concerned that they had not seen the family recently.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson said: “This is clearly a significant incident and our investigation will be thorough as we piece together the events that have led to the deaths of a local family.

“We are now undertaking forensic inquiries to establish how these people have died.

“We are clearly keeping an open mind but from what we know at the moment we are not looking for anybody else.

“It is an extremely distressing time for the family and friends. We are trying to get as many answers as to what has happened in the property.”

Supt Damien Miller said: “Clayton is a closeknit community and I understand that local people will be understandably upset by what has taken place and I would like to reassure people there is no wider danger to members of the public.

“Additional neighbourhood officers are in the area speaking to people and offering reassurance.”

A number of officers and forensic scientists were yesterday working in the front garden and around a white hatchback car in the drive.


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