A murder investigation is under way after a man and woman in their 30s died inside a house in a Somerset village where two young children were present at the property.
Officers were called to Dragon Rise in Norton Fitzwarren at around 9.45pm on Sunday where they found the two victims with serious injuries, Somerset Police said.
Paramedics tried to save them, but they were pronounced dead at the scene.
A force spokesman added that “two young children were inside the property at the time of the incident”.
“While thankfully they weren’t hurt, they are understandably distressed at what has happened,” he said.
Two men, aged 34 and 67, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are still in custody.
There is a cordon in place at two properties in the street and a “voluntary referral” has been made to the police watchdog due to “prior police contact with those involved”.
Somerset Police said “it would not be appropriate to go into further detail until the referral has been considered”.
Causes of death have not been established and post-mortem examinations will be carried out in due course, the force added.
Detective Inspector Neil Meade, of the major crime investigation team, said: “The thoughts of everyone in the force this morning are with the families of the two people who sadly died last night.
“They are being looked after and specially trained officers have been deployed to support the victim’s families in what is undoubtedly the most difficult of times.
“While this appears to be an isolated incident, there will be increased police activity in the area to provide the community with reassurance.
“Incidents like this are very rare but when they do happen, we know they cause significant concern so we’d urge anyone with worries or questions to speak to an officer or contact their local neighbourhood policing team.”
Anyone with any information should call 101 with the call-handler reference number 5221274497.