Police probe deaths of mother and two young children in Bolton

Police are investigating the deaths of a mother and two young children whose bodies were found at their home in Bolton.

Officers were called to the house on Arthur Street in Little
Lever on Monday after concerns were raised for the welfare of the woman.

Police investigate Bolton deaths
Police investigate Bolton deaths

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the deaths were ongoing but no-one else was being sought.

A gas engineer was seen at the mid-terrace property on Tuesday morning.

Superintendent Rick Jackson, of GMP’s Bolton borough, said: “This is an incredibly tragic incident and we have specialist officers supporting the family at this unimaginably difficult time.

“Our officers will be continuing with inquiries at the scene over the coming days and detectives will be investigating the full circumstances surrounding what happened.

“We are keeping an open mind as to what happened to the woman and her children and the investigation is likely to take some time.

“However based on what we know so far we are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

“I would urge anyone who knows anything to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency, as your information could be vital to this investigation.”

The victims were named locally as Tiffany Stevens and her daughters Caisie, aged three, and one-year-old Darcie.

Neighbour Annmarie Crossland, 36, said she was first alerted when relatives were heard “screaming and shouting” in the alleyway at the back of the house.

She described Ms Stevens as a “brilliant mum” and said her own four children played with Ms Stevens’ daughters.

Ms Crossland added: “They were gorgeous little kids. Great, really nice.

“She would take them to the park and into Bolton. They were very friendly.”

Neighbours did not know if the house was rented or not but said the family moved in around two years ago.