Triple death victims named

Didcot Deaths: Police Begin Murder Investigation After Three Bodies Found
Didcot Deaths: Police Begin Murder Investigation After Three Bodies Found

Police are hunting a 21-year-old man after his mother, a man and young girl were found stabbed to death in Oxfordshire.

A man, woman and six-year-old girl found dead at their home in Didcot, Oxfordshire, died of stab wounds, police said.

The bodies of Philip Howard, 44, Janet Jordan, 48, and daughter Derrin were discovered after a call from a member of the public.

Thames Valley police have launched a murder investigation, and are hunting for 21-year-old Jed Allen who they have named as a suspect and is believed to be the victim's son.

He has a distinctive spider tattoo on his left hand and is related to the victims.

Armed officers conduct search

The victims' bodies were discovered in a house in Vicarage Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire just after 8.20pm and it is thought that they died of stab wounds.

Armed officers are involved in the search for Allen, although there is no suggestion that he is carrying a weapon.

As news of the tragedy began to spread, people could be seen visiting the scene and leaving floral tributes.

A yellow teddy bear was also placed just inside the cordon, and a hand-written tribute was attached to a bunch of flowers.

Part of it read: "To my best friend, my soul mate, Jan, Dezzy and my anorexic Phil and my gorgeous Jed,

"You are my family and always will be. I will miss you all each day... You have all left a massive void in my heart which will never be filled.

"I love you all so much, Jan, Phil and my Dezzy Doo."

'Public should not approach suspect'

Speaking at a press briefing, Detective Superintendent Chris Ward from Thames Valley Police's Major Crime Unit described the incident as a "tragic and sad event", offering his condolences to the family.

Mr Ward said: "In relation to the search for the suspect, we are still carrying out a number of searches. Some of those searches are with armed officers, there is a very small number of armed officers who are assisting with that search.

"That's purely for the safety of the searching officers."

He added there was "no suggestion whatsoever that that person has a weapon and certainly has a firearm".

"So where members of the public see officers with shields, that's purely in relation to the protection of officers carrying out the searches."

Allen is described as a white male, 6ft tall, and of large build.

"It is very important that we locate him as quickly as we can," Mr Ward said.

Although the 21-year-old - who is known to police - is not considered a danger to the wider community, the public should not approach him and instead contact police.

'They always looked so happy'

Officers received the tip-off at around 8.23pm and detectives are keen to hear from witnesses who may have been in the area of Vicarage Road at the time.

Sheila Welch, who lives on the same street, said that although she did not know the family, they always looked "happy".

The first that she knew that anything had happened was when police descended on the quiet residential road.

Ms Welch said: "They are new neighbours and had only been here a couple of months - I don't know their names.

"I used to see them - a lovely mother and a little girl. They always looked so happy."

She continued: "It was about half past eight last night, and then there were just sirens and police cars.

"All I can say is that I am very upset, it is all very traumatic."

As armed police hunted for the suspect, Oxford University Parks - where Allen worked as a groundsman - were closed.

Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to contact police immediately via 101, quoting reference number 1370 (23/5).