A mum and two daughters who died in Bolton have been named locally as Tiffany Stevens and her two young daughters, Caisie, aged three, and one-year-old Darcie.
Tributes have poured in online to the three, with friends calling the mum a "bubbly and happy" person and her two daughters "beautiful angels"
What is thought to have been a gas engineer was seen this morning at the mid-terrace house the family lived in on Arthur Street in Bolton.
A single police car was parked outside and the alleyway at the back of the house was cordoned off at both ends with police tape.
Neighbour Annmarie Crossland, 36, said she was first alerted something was wrong when Ms Stevens’ brother and ex-boyfriend were heard "screaming and shouting" in the alleyway at the back of the house before another neighbour rang 999 around 3.30pm yesterday.
Ms Crossland said: "Paramedics arrived first and shot off down the back, then another came and then just all police covered the whole street."
She described Ms Stevens as a "brilliant mum" and said her own four children played with Ms Stevens daughters.
Ms Crossland added: "They were gorgeous little kids. Great, really nice. She would take them to the park and into Bolton. They were very friendly."
Neighbours did not know if the house the family lived at was rented or not, but said the family moved in around two years ago.
Tributes have been paid on social media to the mum and two girls, with Carrieanne Ainsworth saying: "Rip Tiffany Stevens awful news to wake up to will never forget the memories we had when we was younger rip to your beautiful babies aswell I really can’t believe it I’m in shock."
Georgina Head wrote: "Carnt believe the sad news iv woke up to rest in piece Tiffany Stevens and her babys you’ll never be forgotten".
Rochelle Molyneux wrote: "R.I.P Tiffany Stevens and your 2 beautiful angels. I can’t believe am writing this status!.. I have so many memories with you that I will never forget! You was such a bubbly and happy a happy girl .. Every time I seen you you always had a big smile on your face… Am going to miss you soooo much.. We was all so close am heartbroken!.. I love you Tiffany. Fly high with your 2 beautiful angels."
An updated statement from Greater Manchester Police said: "Detectives have launched an investigation after a woman and two children were found dead at a house in Little Lever.
"Shortly before 3:50pm on Monday 21 January 2019, police were called to a property on Arthur Street to reports of concern for the welfare of a woman.
"Officers attended the address and sadly found the bodies of a woman in her 20s and her two young children.
"Detectives and specialist investigators remain at the scene continuing with their enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the deaths.
Superintendent Rick Jackson, of GMP’s Bolton borough, said: "This is an incredibly tragic incident and we have specialist officers supporting the family at this unimaginably difficult time.
“Our officers will be continuing with enquiries at the scene over the coming days and detectives will be investigating the full circumstances surrounding what happened.
“We are keeping an open mind as to what happened to the woman and her children and the investigation is likely to take some time, however based on what we know so far we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.
“I would urge anyone who knows anything to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency, as your information could be vital to this investigation.”
"Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 6777 quoting reference number 1275 of 21/01/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111"
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