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Father and young sons found dead on a beach 80 miles from mother's body

A mum-of-two was found dead by a team of police officers who smashed their way through the front door, according to neighbours.

An hour earlier her two boys, aged seven and ten, and their father, 57, were discovered at the foot of Beachy Head in East Sussex.

Shortly after 6pm on Monday evening police were called to the house in Twickenham, south west London, and discovered the mum alone with multiple stab wounds.

It was about 6pm and I saw lots of flashing lights and two fire engines parked on the road.

Then about six police cars, some unmarked, came and the officers were smashing their way through the front door.

They were struggling but managed to smash through some of the windows and climbed in through the door and then I heard them say 'she is on her own'.

They were picking their way through the garden and the shed and when I saw forensics last night I thought it must have been murder.

I haven't really seen them, I saw Christmas lights go up but that is about it, they were a very quiet family.

– Neighbour

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said:

Whilst formal identification awaits, police believe that they are the deceased woman's immediate family.

– Met Police

No arrests have been made and the Met said officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the investigation.

The London home - which neighbours believe was rented - remained sealed off with police tape and had a significant police presence outside on Tuesday afternoon. Officers in forensic uniforms were seen inspecting the front garden and bins.