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Prayers to be said for Melton Mowbray police death family

Toby Day
Image caption Toby Day is thought to have attacked his family before killing himself

Prayers are to be said for a family, three of whom were found dead in a Leicestershire house.

Former police inspector Toby Day, his wife and youngest daughter were found fatally injured in Melton Mowbray on Thursday. It is thought he attacked his family before killing himself.

Two other children, aged 13 and 15, are in a stable condition in hospital.

The family were regulars at All Saints Church, in Oakham, Rutland, and will be the focus of the service on Sunday.

Mr Day, 37, lived in the property on Robin Crescent with his wife and children, named locally as Samantha, Kimberley, 15, Adam, 13, and Genevieve, six.

The Leicestershire force has confirmed he was sacked after a misconduct hearing on 1 December concerning misuse of police computers.

Police have confirmed they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.

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Media captionCanon Lee Francis-Dehqani, vicar of All Saints Church in Oakham, said his heart goes out to the family

Tributes, including flowers and balloons, have been left at the scene.

Rev Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani, rector of All Saints, said he had known the family since he was appointed at the church in 2004.

"They were a lovely family and regular worshippers at the church," he said.

"Prayers will be said for the family and for those who died during our service tomorrow."

He added he was working with the family and police liaison officers on the funeral arrangements.

Councillor Paul Westley, who represents Beaumont Leys on Leicester City Council and worked with Mr Day for three years while he was based in the area, said: "I am absolutely shocked and I am sure the community are.

"And of course my thoughts are with the family of the children and I offer my deep condolences."

Police have launched a murder inquiry and results of post-mortem tests are expected later.

The case was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission but it later said it would not be carrying out a formal investigation.

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