‘My heart is broken’ says father after four found dead at family home

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The father of two children found dead at a home in Derbyshire has said his heart is “broken into a million pieces”.

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Two children, John and Lacey, were found with their mother, Terry Harris, and another young child who is believed to have been Lacey’s friends from school.

An investigation into the deaths has been started and the police have arrested one person in connection with the incident. They are not looking for anyone else at this time.

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Jason Bennett shared his shock and sadness on Facebook, where he wrote: “I didn’t protect my beautiful kids from demons enough and now they’ve suddenly turned away from me.

“I am writing this as I am lost and broken on the 4 hour drive back home, I have just received the heartbreaking news that my beautiful boy John and beautiful daughter Lacey have been taken away from me.

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“His mother Terry also lost her life and Lacey’s best friend was also taken away from the world.”

He mentioned that he knew the alleged perpetrator, adding: “Won’t mention a name because he doesn’t deserve it.”

In another tribute to his children, Mr Bennett wrote: “I want my kids back. Life will never be the same. my angels. Won’t be long until I’m touching your cheeks, keep you close and kiss your pretty face. Only you two can heal me.”

A friend of the family wrote: “I really can’t believe I’m writing this… RIP to my friends Terry Harris and Lacey Elizabeth and John Paul, I am truly devastated.”

She continued: “I will cherish the memories with my kids, the laughs we had, with the kiddies at the Chinwag/Coffee mornings/Drink Angel beer garden, and will always keep them in my heart.”

Officers were called to a property in Chandos Crescent, Kilmarsh, on Sunday at 07:25 a.m. after concerns were raised about the people living there.

Outwood Academy City School in Sheffield confirmed it was closed following the “tragic incident” of three of its pupils.

Neighbors began leaving flowers at the police cordon around the property at Chandos Crescent in Kilmarsh near Sheffield on Monday morning.

A man who lived nearby said: “I am shocked. I think people will be devastated.”

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Routledge of Derbyshire Police, who is leading the investigation, said on Sunday evening: “We would really like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the early hours of this morning, or has any information they think is ours. Can help with enquiry.

“No matter how small you think the information may be, please contact us.

“This is certainly a worrying time for the community, and we would like to thank them for their patience and understanding at this time.

“It was important for us that the close relatives of those involved were informed before any further details of the incident could be disclosed.”

North East Derbyshire MP Lee Rowley offered his condolences to the family after the “horrific and extremely sad” incident.

He continued: “Kilmarsh is such a lovely, close and warm community and I know many residents will be shocked and worried by this news.

“It is believed to be an isolated incident in which the arrest has been made. I have no doubt that the village will come together in this difficult time.”

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Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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