Mother and daughter stabbed to death

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Image caption Forensic tents have been put up outside a property on Northdown Road where a murder investigation has begun

A 49-year-old mother and her 22-year-old daughter have been stabbed to death in a street in Solihull.

West Midlands Police said they were treating the deaths of the pair, who were found in Northdown Road just after 00:30 BST, as murder.

Officers said a suspect – said to be known to the victims – had been identified and they were “making urgent attempts to arrest him”.

The force urged anyone with information about the murders to call 999.

‘Screaming and shouting’

A man living near the property said he was woken up by screaming but assumed it was the sound of people coming home from a night out.

The father-of-two, who did not want to be named, said: “Then police knocked on my door and asked for some towels, so I knew at that point it was serious.

“I’ve got a young family, so I was worried about what was going on.”

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Image caption The area has been cordoned off by police

Another neighbour said she heard loud screaming, adding she was “stunned” by what had happened.

“There was a lot of screaming and shouting and then I saw the guy run off. About a minute later I saw him leave in a van,” she said.

The woman, who also did not want to be named, added she did not know the victims who “kept themselves to themselves”.

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Image caption One neighbour said he was woken by screaming

The area has been cordoned off while examinations are carried out.

Det Insp Caroline Corfield said: “What has happened this morning is truly devastating and heart-breaking.

“Our thoughts go out to the two victims’ family and friends at this traumatic time.”

She added: “We are still in the very early stages of our investigation but we believe the offender is known to the victims.

“We are appealing to him come forward as a matter of urgency.”

The force said officers were speaking to people living nearby and there would be a “visible presence” over coming days to “provide community reassurance”.

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