Stoke & Staffordshire

Mother and two daughters found dead in Stoke: Man in custody

Marta Galikowska
Image caption Marta Galikowska and her daughters were believed to have moved to the area from Poland

A mother and her two young daughters have been found dead at a house in Stoke-on-Trent.

Staffordshire Police said they were called at about 18:35 BST on Sunday to an address in Sherwin Road.

Police named the mother as Marta Galikowska, 27, and her daughters as Maja Galikowska, aged five, and one-year-old Olga Galikowska.

Police said a man, aged 27, who was arrested at the scene, remained in police custody.

His relationship to the woman and girls has not been revealed by police.

The mother and girls were pronounced dead at the scene.

'Terrible incident'

The house remains cordoned off and detectives expect the forensic examination to take "some considerable time".

Image caption Police officers said the deaths had shocked the community

Ch Supt Martin Evans said: "Our investigation into this terrible incident continues. We must stress the need for the public and media to refrain from speculating.

"Detectives are working hard to understand how these lives came to be lost.

"We understand the shock and sadness neighbours and local residents are feeling. We need time and some patience to establish the facts.

"The level of detail of the examination at the house is vital to piecing together what happened. This work will include support from a forensic pathologist."

Mr Evans said officers would also be speaking to neighbours, family and friends as part of their investigation.

Members of Ms Galikowska's family are being supported by family liaison officers.

"Local officers and police community support officers remain in the area providing reassurance to the community who are understandably shocked by this tragic incident," a police spokesman added.

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