Father in family triple death probe 'died of stab wound to chest'

Post-mortem examinations carried out on a father and two children found dead at a house have revealed the man died of a stab wound to the chest.

Leicestershire Police said it had also formally identified the deceased as 43-year-old David Stokes and his children Matthew Stokes, aged five, and 11-year-old Adam Stokes.

The force said the causes of the youngsters' deaths had "not yet been conclusively ascertained" and post-mortem examinations are continuing.

All three family members were found inside a house in Welwyn Road in Hinckley, Leicestershire, after police were called to a disturbance on Wednesday night.

Sally Stokes, who is the wife of David and the children's mother, who was found with injuries during the incident, is still in hospital where her condition was described by police as stable.

A force spokesman said: "The man has been formally identified as 43-year-old David Stokes.

"The provisional cause of death has been recorded as a stab wound to the chest.

"Post-mortem examinations in relation to the two children have been commenced, but not yet concluded.

"The causes of death have not yet been conclusively ascertained."

Police inquiries are continuing but detectives are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

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