Image caption, Police were called to Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren on Sunday evening

A murder inquiry has been launched after a man and a woman found with serious injuries in a property died.

Police were called to Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren near Taunton, Somerset at about 21:45 GMT on Sunday. The man and woman, aged in their 30s, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two young children were also inside the property and unhurt, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Two men, aged 34 and 67, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

A police cordon is in place at two properties on the street while officers carry out a forensic examination of the scene.

A formal identification of the man and woman is yet to be carried out.

Det Insp Neil Meade, of the major crime investigation team, said: “The thoughts of everyone in the force this morning are with the families of the two people who sadly died last night.

“Two young children were inside the property at the time of the incident and while thankfully they weren’t hurt, they are understandably distressed at what has happened.

“They are being looked after and specially trained officers have been deployed to support the victim’s families in what is undoubtedly the most difficult of times.”

The force said that due to prior police contact with those involved, a voluntary referral will be made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

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