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Blackberry Way deaths: Mother and daughters were stabbed in their beds

Police have released the results of the post mortem examinations which show how the Lad family died. 44-year-old Daksha Lad and her daughters Trisha and Nisha were stabbed in their beds during the weekend. Their father, 49-year-old Jitendra Lad, died from hanging. It's thought he died on Monday.

I have spoken to the family members this evening and updated them on the results of the post mortem examinations. They are continuing to come to terms with what took place at Blackberry Way, which has robbed a family of two generations, and specially trained officers are supporting them at this very difficult time.

– Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson


Man in court over Keighley murder

A Keighley man is due to appear before magistrates today after being charged last night with murder and attempted murder.

Grzegorz Dzierzak, 34, from Chapel Lane, Keighley will appear at Bradford Magistrates Court charged with the murder of Edgaras Masliuskas, 23, in Keighley.

He has also been charged with the attempted murder of another 23-year-old man. The charges follow an incident in the early hours of Sunday October 26 in Chapel Street in which both victims received stab wounds.

The 23-year-old man remains in hospital where his condition is serious but improving.

Man thought to have taken own life, then that of wife and two teenage girls

A father of two teenage girls is thought to have killed them and his wife before taking his own life at the family home in Bradford.

It is thought the bodies of the family may have lain undiscovered for four days until neighbours last night raised the alarm in the quiet estate in the Clayton area of the city.

Tonight a murder investigation is underway but detectives say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the killings.


Trisha Lad was Leeds biochemistry student

The University of Leeds confirmed Trisha was in the second year of a biochemistry degree.

A spokesman said: "This is dreadful and shocking news and our thoughts are with Trisha's friends and loved ones.

"Staff are working with the University's counselling and chaplaincy services to help students who are affected by this tragedy and we will do all we can to support them."

Melissa Taylor, president of the Faculty of Biological Sciences Society at the university, said on Twitter: "Heartbreaking to hear about the death of Trisha Lad, such a lovely, well-liked person. Rest in Peace."

Steph Mapplebeck said: "Trisha Lad was one of the sweetest and kindest people I have met whilst studying at Leeds. What a heartbreaking loss. Rest in peace."

Dead husband and wife both worked for Bradford Council

The husband and wife both worked for Bradford council.

Councillor David Green, leader of the local authority, said: "Local people are shocked and saddened by the news of this terrible event and our sympathy goes out to the wider family, friends and neighbours of this family.

"The husband and wife of the family... both worked for Bradford Council and councillors and employees are very upset after hearing the dreadful news of their deaths.

"Obviously, it would not be appropriate to comment further at this stage as the investigation into how it happened is continuing, but we would urge anyone who may have any information about this tragedy to contact the police immediately."

Murder investigation launched in to four dead

West Yorkshire Police has today launched a murder investigation following the discovery of four bodies at a detached property on Blackberry Way in the Clayton area of Bradford.

Police were called to the house last night (27/10) at 8.31pm following concerns from a neighbour, who had not seen the family for some time.

In the property, police found the bodies of two adults – a 49-year-old male Jitendra Lad and his wife Daksha Lad (44).

The bodies of two female teenagers, Trisha Lad (19) and Nisha Lad (17) , were also found and they are the couple’s daughters.

Early indications suggest the bodies may have been in the property for some time. Post mortems will now be carried out to establish the cause of the deaths.

Detective Superintendent Simon Atkinson, from West Yorkshire Police’s Protective Services (Crime), 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.

“The investigation is at an early stage, and while I do not want to speculate around the circumstances leading to the deaths, I am happy to confirm that we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”

Damien Miller, Superintendent Operations of Bradford District, who leads neighbourhood policing across the Bradford District, said: “Clayton is a close knit 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.”

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