Tributes to mother and children found dead in Shepshed

Scene of fatalities in Garendon Road, Shepshed
Image caption Police said they are not looking for anyone in connection with the deaths

Tributes have been paid to a mother and her two children who were found dead in their home.

The three were discovered by police at the address in Garendon Road in Shepshed, Leicestershire, on Wednesday.

They have been named locally as Claudia Oakes-Green, her son Thomas, believed to be 12, and daughter Eleanor, eight.

Father Michael Eastwood, priest at St Winefride's Roman Catholic Church, next to the family's home, said they were a "very pleasant family".

He said he had known the family, including the woman's husband, named locally as Iain, as they regularly worshipped at the church.

"We would hear the children in the garden and the sound we heard was one of enjoyment and happiness," he said.

"We always remarked about that and said 'Oh, they are having an enjoyable time again'."

Father Eastwood said the boy went to De Lisle Catholic Science College and the young girl attended St Winefride's Primary in Shepshed.

Post mortem examinations have now been completed and investigations have been carried out on behalf of the coroner, police said.

The circumstances are being investigated but detectives said they were not looking for anyone in connection with the deaths.

A number of floral tributes have been left at the scene.

'Body blow'

Local councillor Bill Hutchinson who lives nearby, described the family as "very quiet people, very pleasant - and that's why this comes as such as a shock really, because they were so amiable."

He added: "We don't expect that sort of thing in Shepshed because we're such a quiet community... and the little daughter was about to make her first communion in about six weeks' time. It's a body blow."

Diane Horn, chair of Shepshed Town Council, knew the family through the local Brownies.

She said: "My little girl's been quite upset during the night, as are many other children.

"They were very well-loved and although a private family, very likeable. Both worked very hard in the community and the children were absolutely adorable."

She said the community would rally round to offer support.

One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said that she believed Mrs Oakes-Green was a teacher at a school nearby.

The family are thought to have lived at the detached house for about four or five years.

A cordon has been placed around the house and two officers and a police car were present.

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